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!
- Anonymous1 month agoFavourite answer
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.
- Anonymous1 month ago
And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. (Dr. Seuss. That's about as simple as it gets.)
- CogitoLv 71 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)
- pianomanLv 71 month ago
There is something called a dictionary.