Both Uses of
Cry, the Beloved Country
- He had bought the child some cheap wooden blocks, and with these the little one played endlessly and intently, with a purpose obscure to the adult mind, but completely absorbing.†
Chpt 1.10 *
- And they write too, but mostly for small publications like New Society and Mankind is Marching; and for that extraordinary Cross at the Crossroads, an obscure eight-page pamphlet brought out weekly by that extraordinary Father Beresford, who looks as though he hasn't eaten for weeks.†
(obscure as in: it obscured my view) to block from view or make less visible or understandableeditor's notes: Although this meaning of obscure typically refers to seeing or understanding, it can also refer to situation where something makes something else harder to detect or as when a noise makes another noise difficult to hear. Similarly it can reference something overshadowing something else, as in "Her memory of her dog's death was obscured by her brother's death the next day."