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A dictionary of dwarfen fingertalk

While doing first read on the raw draft of Madness of Flowers, khaybee compiled this dictionary of the expressions in dwarfen fingertalk which were mentioned in Trial of Flowers Powell's | Amazon ] and/or Madness of Flowers.

SourceFingertalk expressionMeaning
ToFLilies on the riverTo accept one's fate, ride the current of events rather than fight it
ToFThe wind speaks from all quartersThere is always more than one voice giving advice
ToFThe storm tramples the grainThe inevitable is at hand, to postpone current discussions/events for another time
ToFWater upon the stepsDanger in a familiar guise
ToFIce thawing on the riverWait for another time
ToF[a crook of the left little finger]Indicating unquestioning acknowledgment
ToFSunrise comesSwearing to the inevitable truthfulness of one's words
ToFFish sell best on the market blockEverything must happen when its time comes
ToFFollow the riverLet it happen when it happens
ToFThe cord that binds the grainThis will be held together
ToFFrogs swim in shitEveryone does what they have to
ToFApples fall from the tree, birds fall from the skyOpportunity presents itself
ToFStill water behind a strong damPeace, within everyone's interests
ToFLightning on the rooftopsDanger all around
ToFWise men plow long and plant deepTake measures and be patient
ToFBirds share the same bush in winterAn inquiry about the other's skill with the signs
MoFIs the apple tree ready to fall?Is it my turn to be harvested? [taken advantage of]
MoFSturgeon always sell highTell the buyer what he wants to hear
MoFA fish moving through weedsHave a care for what remains hidden
MoFMice in their nestWe are guarded


If you have any suggestions for other expressions in fingertalk, leave them in comments. If they're interesting or funny enough, we'll have another contest.
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