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    #1

    being shot dead

    Dear teachers,

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

    She was small and slight in person; pale, sandy-haired, and with eyes habitually cast down: when they looked up they were very large, odd, and attractive; so attractive that the Reverend Mr. Crisp, fresh from Oxford, and curate to the Vicar of Chiswick, the Reverend Mr. Flowerdew, fell in love with Miss Sharp; being shot dead by a glance of her eyes which was fired all the way across Chiswick Church from the school-pew to the reading-desk.

    being shot dead = being amazed at/by /being astounded/ being spell-bound

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    V.

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    Re: being shot dead

    I think your interpretation is not exactly well. We only need to understand that "dead" in "being shot dead" doesn't mean he is going to die or going to the other world. It means he was conquered by her eyes quickly without being controlled by his mind.
    Thank you!

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    #3

    Re: being shot dead

    Yes, that's the idea- transfixed, etc.

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