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How would you interpret the word ‘jolt’ in the context? How would you interpret the word ‘jolt’ in the sentence ‘In the jolt of my head I heard somebody crying’? What do you think made his head jolt? Thanks. It’s from A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (Chapter 9). the context: Through the other noise I heard a cough, then came the chuh-chuhchuh-chuh—then there was a flash, as when a blast-furnace door is swung open, and a roar that started white and went red and on and on in a rushing wind. I tried to breathe but my breath would not come and I felt myself rush bodily out of myself and out and out and out and all the time bodily in the wind. I went out swiftly, all of myself, and I knew I was dead and that it had all been a mistake to think you just died. Then I floated, and instead of going on I felt myself slide back. I breathed and I was back. The ground was torn up and in front of my head there was a splintered beam of wood. In the jolt of my head I heard somebody crying.
Apr 17, 2016 9:15 AM
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Honestly, this is up to the reader's interpretation as far as most people would be concerned. You might actually need to study Hemmingway's style and writing to fully understand what he might be describing. (Most likely in my opinion) He's referring to the moment that he regained consciousness or awareness of his surroundings. A "jolt" of consciousness is a phrase I've heard and read before. This makes sense as well, as the brain works as an electrical and conducting system. So, in the moment he regained consciousness and/or awareness, he heard somebody crying. Hope this interpretation helps. There could be others, but that is my best guess.
April 17, 2016
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