had a touch of the hideous clarity of insomnia.

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Baheth

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Arabic
. Certainly there was something hardly human about the colonel’s wolfish pursuit of pleasure, and his chronic resolution not to go home till morning had a touch of the hideous clarity of insomnia.

I read this in G. K. Chesterton's 'The Hammer of God'. Could you, please, rephrase this phrase in bold?
 
  • Franco-filly

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    English - Southern England
    a touch of - a hint of / a suggestion of / a slight amount
    hideous - shocking / distressing
    clarity - clearness
    insomnia - inability to sleep

    Maybe "clearly suggested he had an appalling/dreadful inability to sleep" :rolleyes:
     
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