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Akka....The Chanv addict? posted 28 June 2007 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]Akka....The Chanv addict? by Nerdanel, Peralogue

The first intransitive verb meaning for "bristle" in my Webster is

to stand or rise stiffly, like bristles


It's not literally grow, sharpen, or increase, but I think for an intellect rising (or the state of having stood up) means pretty much the same. The biggest reason why I'm thinking this particular definition is correct is however the earlier part of the sentence.

Heart vs. Intellect
Shrivel vs. Bristle

I think the sentence has been intentionally built to use contrasting opposites. It also fits really well with the known effects of chanv, even if you acknowledge only the first part as such. For someone as hearbroken as Akka it does make sense to seek detachment so that he doesn't end up like Leweth the trapper, and then there's the already-mentioned factor of not being too old when the Apocalypse strikes.

(This thread has been the fastest to slide into dictionary definitions that I've ever seen...) view post


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