How do you parse the following sentence?
The lamp by which she read the book grew dimmer.
My friend says that "by which she read the book" qualifies "the lamp". So, it would basically mean "The lamp that she was using to read grew dimmer."
For some reason, I comprehend the sentence as "The lamp that she was near while reading the book grew dimmer." Can it go both ways, or...?
Also, about the usage of "grew dimmer" there, should it be "dimmed" instead? Thanks.