Student or Learner
Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
..when he showed his nose in a shop, they talked about the beadle – which brought Oliver’s heart into his mouth… (Ch. Dickens, “Oliver Twist”)
..I had heard in the silent, frosty air a sound that brought my heart into my mouth – the tap-tapping of the blind man’s stickupon the frozen road. (R. I. Stevenson, Treasure Island”)
bring somebody’s heart into his mouth = frighten somebody to death