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    Nothing less shocking

    Hello,

    Can anybody explain to me the meaning of the bold text, please? I have a certain idea what the sentence means but I want to be backed up by somebody who comprehends it with no problem.

    "Good-morning, Colston. I am in luck, it seems. You have often said that my commendation of your literary work was mere civility, and here you find me absorbed—actually merged—in your latest story in the Messenger . Nothing less shocking than your touch upon my shoulder would have roused me to consciousness."

    The Suitable Surroundings, Ambrose Bierce, 1889

    Thank you

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    Re: Nothing less shocking

    Although I have commended your literary work in the past, you have dismissed my praise as mere politeness. Only your touch on my shoulder, or something even stronger, could have awakened me to the merits of your work.

    It's not a very logical passage without more context.

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    Re: Nothing less shocking

    To me, it means that that he was so involved in the story that only contact by the author could have gotten his attention.

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