I said that when I grew up I would own a house right here in Sea Bright. I would be able to look at the ocean every day, in all of its moods, even when the wind howled in winter and smashed the sea into boiling white.

Source: Dreams Do Come True

What does the phrase "in all of its moods" mean?

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  • What do you think the "mood" of the ocean would mean? – Hot Licks Aug 22 '15 at 2:50
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    To help us help you, Yethu, it's best if you share some info about where your attempt to understand it on your own broke down. Thanks! – aparente001 Aug 22 '15 at 3:20

"In all of its moods"

^ It would mean the ocean is either calm, turbulent . . . etc.

  • Yes, it's a personification of the ocean, comparing its state to the emotional state of human beings. If you don't think the ocean can be angry, then you haven't live through a gale. – deadrat Aug 22 '15 at 4:30
  • ... There's an article at LiteraryDevices.net saying that pathetic fallacy is intermediate between literal usage and personification proper. This becomes a philosophical debate: can one really speak meaningfully about the moods of the ocean when you've not 'lived through a gale' etc? (Though even considering such scenarios, perhaps on newly-discovered planets, demands intelligent involvement.) – Edwin Ashworth Aug 22 '15 at 10:26

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