Alice started to her feet

longxianchen

Senior Member
chinese
Hi,
Here is a sentence from the novel (para. 3) Alice in Wandland by a free English-learning website(here):
when the Rabbit actually took a watch out of its waistcoat–pocket, and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet

I guess start to her feet means start to stand up.
Am I right?

Thank you in advance
 
  • theartichoke

    Senior Member
    English - Canada
    No, I think "to start to one's feet" means "to stand up suddenly." "She started" is another way of saying "she jumped" (in the way that one "jumps" when startled), so the idea is that she was so startled by seeing a rabbit consulting a watch that she jumped up from where she was sitting.
     
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