from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A game played with a string which is generally tied in a loop and passed over the lingers of both hands. By means of complicated arrangements of the string, figures are made intended to represent various objects. The game of cat's-cradle is a kind of string-figure. Games of this kind are found over almost all the world.
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There are several striking images in the film, especially toward the end, including the string-figure girl, attired in black, super-imposed on the waters of the pond, so that only the string, forever reforming itself, is clearly visible; finally, red roses are superimposed on the image of the girl.