Paraphrase in your own words the quote listed below, which was taken from the story "A Chase.""The car's tires left behind them on the snowy streets a complex trail of beige chunks like...

Paraphrase in your own words the quote listed below, which was taken from the story "A Chase."

"The car's tires left behind them on the snowy streets a complex trail of beige chunks like crenellated castle walls."

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The most interesting part of the description of the tires as they make a path upon the snow is the word crenellated.  Often associated with molding, this word suggests that when the car, which is heavy, moves across the the street, the snow must also be fairly wet since the "trail of beige chunks" are left behind.  These chunks are made from the snow that sticks and then falls off the tires in separate pieces as they push through the wet, for; the tires pick up not only the snow, but the debris of other traffic, etc. that lies underneath the snow.  This dirt on the tires changes the snow to a "beige." The "crenellated" comes from the snow's passage into the grooves of the tires which act as a mold for the pattern thrown out as the vehicle moves along.

So, to paraphrase,

As the car made its way through the wet snowy streets, it tires cast off molded beige chunks from the dirty tires' pattern of square indentations. 

 

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I guess this sort of depends on how long of a paraphrase you want.  If you want something that is relatively short, you could say something like "When the car drove on the snow covered street, it created a maze of lumpy brown tracks."

If you want the paraphrase to really explain what the original quote means, you could say something along the lines of "The car drove down a street that was covered with snow.  Behind its tires, you could see a series of tracks that were made up of brown lumps of snow.  The lumps of snow looked like the battlements of an old castle."