a determined set to

SuprunP

Senior Member
Ukrainian & Russian
He found Hotep in the driver’s seat when he got there, a determined set to the way she held her head.
(Firewalkers; A. Tchaikovsky)

Would you be so kind as to tell me whether 'set to' is a unit here, as it were (a noun?)?

Thanks.
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    a determined set to the way she held her head. = and there was a determined fixed expression to (associated with) the way she held her head.

    to (associated with) -> compare the key to the door
     

    kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    . . . a determined set to the way she held her head. :thumbsup:

    The way she held her head is a characteristic of hers at that moment (and every moment). At this moment, her head was positioned in a way that gave the impression that she felt determined. "To" links the generic idea of a way of showing determination to her particular head.
     
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