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Taking in with a wave of his hand the rich, black earth spreading all the way to the horizon, he exclaimed: “My God, what couldn’t we do with such wonderful land.” Then he added as an afterthought: “But I suppose we would have become like them.”

Could anyone explain me Taking in with a wave of his hand the rich, black earth spreading all the way to the horizon?

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    Could you explain what you don't understand? – Hot Licks Sep 2 '18 at 12:27
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    He waved his hand at the rich black earth. – marcellothearcane Sep 2 '18 at 19:38
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wave OED

a. trans. To move through the air with a sweeping gesture of the uplifted or extended arm or hand often as a sign of greeting or farewell, or as an expression of exultation

As in:

Taking in with a wave of his hand (an expression of exultation/rejoice) the rich, black earth spreading all the way to the horizon.

  • I understand upto hand i.e. "Taking in with a wave of his hand" but what is use of the following words i.e. the rich...... Is the hand rich? what is the use of black earth here? is not it out of context?could you just paraphrase this sentence please? – SIslam Sep 2 '18 at 13:51
  • rich black earth: fertile and fecund! – lbf Sep 2 '18 at 14:23
  • My head!! alas it does not get clenched in my head still!! Could you please write Taking in with a wave of his hand the rich, black earth spreading all the way to the horizon, he exclaimed: “My God, what couldn’t we do with such wonderful land.” in your own words please? – SIslam Sep 2 '18 at 14:40
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    @SIslam He waved his hand, gesturing to the rich, black earth that spread all the way to the horizon. "My God, " he exclaimed, "what couldn't we do with such wonderful land." – Jason Bassford Sep 2 '18 at 16:29
  • Oh! I did not mind that wave is taking double object here!!# – SIslam Sep 2 '18 at 17:11

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