In The Nun father Anthony Burke encounters a damaged castle and asks Frenchie:

Father Anthony Burke: A result of the war?

Frenchie: Bombing raids, yes. I've heard stories of how the ground shook for days after them.

Them refers to the bombing raids

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    Nothing in that quote says it continued to shake, in fact I read it as "the ground continued to shake during the bombing raids which went on for days" Mar 15, 2019 at 16:08
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    Probably unexploded bombs that exploded in the days after.
    – BCdotWEB
    Mar 15, 2019 at 16:27
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    Sounds like simple hyperbole - and not meant as something that literally happened
    – HorusKol
    Mar 16, 2019 at 1:22
  • In addition to @BCdotWEB comment, the destruction doesn’t stop when the bombing stops - in a built up area you have buildings that collapse due to bomb damage, unexplored ordnance going up, delayed detonation ordnance going up (both sides often used time delay fuses in addition to impact fuses), fires causing building collapse, gas mains etc etc etc.
    – Moo
    Dec 5, 2019 at 19:13

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This is simply a retelling of stories from those who lived through the raids. People who have been shook by them.

It’s typical hyperbole that should tell how extreme the bombings were. To those who experienced them. Like earthquakes they shook the ground and its echoes lasted for days. Bombs of course have an immediate reaction and the resulting blast will dissipate within a moment or two ( I suspect some nuclear bomb shockwaves last longer or rather go further and echo back more powerfully than substantially smaller bombs ) and not perpetuate for days. However the image of it clearly does and did.

The image the character should have should be one of absolute destruction.

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