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Meaning of て form + は

nonezumi

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Hello,

If possible, please kindly help me with translation of the following sentence:

つるは ながい くちばしで のこり すくない からだの はねを ひきぬいては きこたん ぱたとん と はたを おって いるのだった。

Maybe I could translate it as:

Crane did weaving, with a sound rang out, and was pulling out body's feathers and few feathers are left.

But there are two difficulties for me.

First is I am not sure why は particle was used after て form of ひきぬく. If we were omit it, would it change the meaning ?

Second difficulty is のこり すくない, I assumed it is compound, independent clause and translated as "and few feathers left". But I am not sure it is correct.

Thank you very much! :sorry:
 
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Toritoribe

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"~ては…" shows the two actions/movements(はねをひきぬく and はたをおる in this case) are repeated again and again as a set action.

3 二つの動作・作用などが対になって繰り返される意を表す。「幼い頃は電車を見―喜んでいた」「姉はいつも洋服を脱いでは着て楽しんでいる」
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のこり すくない means "running-short/few-left", and modifies からの はね.

The crane was repeatedly pulling out few left feathers from its own body with its long bill, and weaving the cloth from them.
 

nonezumi

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Toritoribeさん、

Thank you so much for your perfect explanation. Thank you very much for correcting mine
English translation. :sorry:
 
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