Student or Learner
Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences from Hardy’s “The Returned soldier”?
As the speech continued, the shabby man listened more intently, dwelling on every word with a puzzled frown.
dwell = to fasten one's attention
Thank you for your efforts.
"To dwell on" would also mean to me that he thought about it for a long time afterwards, not while he was listening to it. Usually people "dwell on" something that happened to them, or something that was said to them, but after the event.
The "puzzled frown" would suggest to me that he didn't necessarily understand what was being said, not that he didn't like it. Puzzled = confused.