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    Compacted by ...

    Hello,

    Can a good soul enlighten me on in what sense the phrase "be compacted by" is used in the text below?

    "Doubtless the Committee was right. Yet the attempt to "defeat the sun" aroused the last common interest that our race experienced about the heavenly bodies, or indeed about anything. It was the last time that men were compacted by thinking of a power outside the world. The sun had conquered, yet it was the end of his spiritual dominion. Dawn, midday, twilight, the zodiacal path, touched neither men"s lives not their hearts, and science retreated into the ground, to concentrate herself upon problems that she was certain of solving."

    The Machine Stops, E.M.Foster, 1911

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    Re: Compacted by ...

    Brought/drawn together

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