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    Default drove to the verge of distarction/lacerated conscience/riling

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    This drove me to the verge of distraction.
    drive me to the distraction = to cause me to be unable to think or work
    verge = the extreme edge or margin, the point beyond which an action, state, or condition is likely to begin or occur; the brink

    I was fully committed, and must go on with the fight.
    go on = continue

    Let us leave him to the agony of a lacerated conscience.
    lacerated = cut or wounded in a jagged manner

    The ingenious closing sentence had the effect of moving me out of bed with dispatch that night.
    moving me out of bed with dispatch = liquidate, kill, make away with

    I can lay my hand upon the book and say that I never slander Governor Hoffman’s grandfather.
    lay my hand upon the book = take a tow/swear fidelity

    I hauled down my colors.
    I hauled down my colors = I surrendered without a fire

    I lowered my colors. (see above)

    But at the very moment that I was exalting my advantage and joying in it in secret, there was a muddy undercurrent of discomfort “riling” the deeps of my happiness.
    to rile = to upset and to stir up as in: It riled me to have to listen to such lies.
    riled = annoyed as in: She was riled that nobody believed her story.

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Default Re: drove to the verge of distarction/lacerated conscience/riling

    I am not a fan of using must in the past the way you do in the second.

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