When it first happened
He heard laughing
The words trapped in
The absurd action turned as curd does
1st man (past tense) is remembering the first time he was mugged on the train, how they laughed, how the actions turned worse as they went on.
The metaphor for he’s fear and disgust of the act is “curd”.
Curds are a dairy product obtained by curdling (coagulating) milk.
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