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"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

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    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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