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    Delirium of acquiescence

    Hello,

    I have trouble in understanding the bold text:

    "By her side, on the little reading-desk, was a survival from the ages of litter-one book. This was the Book of the Machine. In it were instructions against every possible contingency. If she was hot or cold or dyspeptic or at a loss for a word, she went to the book, and it told her which button to press. The Central Committee published it. In accordance with a growing habit, it was richly bound. Sitting up in the bed, she took it reverently in her hands. She glanced round the glowing room as if some one might be watching her. Then, half ashamed, half joyful, she murmured "O Machine!" and raised the volume to her lips. Thrice she kissed it, thrice inclined her head, thrice she felt the delirium of acquiescence. Her ritual performed, she turned to page 1367, which gave the times of the departure of the air-ships from the island in the southern hemisphere, under whose soil she lived, to the island in the northern hemisphere, whereunder lived her son.

    E.M.Forster, The Machine Stops, 1911

    Am I right to understand it means the woman felt almost guilty about what she was going to do but kissing the book set her mind at ease, as if she was given a silent aquiescence by doing so, though there was no one else in the room?

    Thank you

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    Re: Delirium of acquiescence

    It means that there was a state of great excitement as she tacitly accepted whatever advice she was given.

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