strung to the pitch of murder


Español, Venezuela
Hi, what does the word pitch mean in this context?

Hyde in danger of his life was a creature new to me; shaken with inordinate anger, strung to the pitch of murder, lusting to inflict pain. Yet the creature was astute;

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Stringed musical instruments (violins, guitars, banjos, pianos) are "strung to a pitch" (have their strings adjusted to a note on the musical scale.) The pitch is chosen to make the best sound.

    "He was strung to the pitch of murder."
    -> He was in the perfect [mental] state to commit murder.
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