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What does dwell and pertinacity means in "I dwelt upon it with the pertinacity of attention"?

The quotation above belongs to the short story "Tension in the pit and the pendulum" and is written by a master of creating tension, Edgar Allan Poe. 


And please make the definition easy to comprehend. Thank you!

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
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    Here, 'dwell upon' means the same as 'keep thinking about...' . 'pertinacity of attention' means 'the stubbornness of [mental] concentration.'  Pertinacity is an unusual word, and may be less used now than it was 170 years ago. And again, Han, as someone else said earlier, the short story you selected is called 'The Pit and the Pendulum' and not the longer thing that you wrote. And Poe *was* a master at creating tension in his prose, yes. 

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    • Lv 4
      1 month agoReport

      ..and if thats actually the title of the text referring to, then that isNot the Actual story by EA Poe, but maybe is a review of it or a paper about it which may be leaving out much text which would provide context & assist with understanding EA Poe's meanings etc

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. (Dr. Seuss. That's about as simple as it gets.)

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  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    As you've been told before, that is NOT the name of the story.

    It's "The Pit and the Pendulum."

    To "dwell on" something means to think about something rather obsessively.

    The "pertinacity of attention" means giving the matter a very determined amount of consideration.  (although no-one would use that expression nowadays)

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  • 1 month ago

    There is something called a dictionary.

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