to attention

mia0815

Senior Member
Taiwanese
"Bury me here and burn in hell!" he cried and fell back into his chair.
The daughter shuddered to attention. "You ain't dead yet!" She threw out a ponderous sigh.

Judgement Day by Flannery O'Connor

What does 'to attention' in the passage mean?
Please help. Thank you.
 
  • exgerman

    Senior Member
    NYC
    English but my first language was German
    She wasn't paying attention (listening) to him before. Now she shudders and starts to pay attention to him.
     
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