According to dictionaries here, 'perpending' is an archaic word for 'pondering'. (Click on the underlined link and bookmark that site for future reference.)
I can't explain the sentence, though.
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Can anybody explain me the bold text?
"He scrawls with desperate perpending an occasional slow page of notes."
Leonard Cline, The Dark Chamber, 1927
Thanks in advance
Thanky you very much; it never occured to me it could be an archaic version of pondering. Now I can understand the sentence.
Last edited by Rover_KE; 17-Jan-2015 at 22:15. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.