Athena woke at six o’clock in the morning. Philip was not there, nor had he been. The room was full of heavy, dark pieces of furniture. The impression that her presence made on the room was so slight that the turbulence of its former occupants, of a great line of passing strangers, swarmed and tumbled about her in its stuffy atmosphere: their boredom, their panic, their trembling fantasies: wire coathangers, shoes with worn-down heels, jumpers smelling of men’s sweat, trousers too long or too short for the fashion, bras with greying straps, skirts whose hems dipped at one side. She pulled back the curtains and expected them to fall apart in her hands.
-- From The Children's Bach by Helen Garner (page 145)
- First of all does "of a great line passing strangers" refer to "former occupant" and it means "a lot of strangers who had come to this room"? Or does it mean "strangers who was passing around her room"?
And I think she is imagining that this things (their boredom,...) are around her am I right?
- Does "trembling fantasies" according to examples that has come after colon mean: somethings that they have got and thinks they are fashionable but they are not really fashionable?