spasm of revolt

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kahroba

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Persian
Dear all
What's meant by "spasm of revolt" in the following context from "The Three Soldiers" by Dos Passos:
Time: 1917
Location: a military hospital somewhere in France.
Being wounded in the leg, Andrews, the American soldier, has just arrived in the hospital. He hears someone, probably a doctor, says to the nurse that he doesn't think amputation would be necessary.
A cold sweat of terror took hold of Andrews. He lay perfectly still with his eyes closed. Spasm after spasm of revolt went through him. No, they hadn't broken him yet; he still had hold of his nerves, he kept saying to himself.
Is this a mental sensation or physical?
 
  • Loob

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    English UK
    Difficult one, K...

    I suspect that what's being described is a physical sensation: the feeling of revolt is emotional, but it's so strong it has a physical effect.

    I'll be interested to know how others react:).
     

    Thomas Tompion

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    English - England
    Difficult one, K...

    I suspect that what's being described is a physical sensation: the feeling of revolt is emotional, but it's so strong it has a physical effect.

    I'll be interested to know how others react:).
    Yes, I agree with Loob. The suggestion is of waves of feeling which had physical manifestations too, like making him perhaps feel sick, or clench his fists.
     
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