"He addressed Maskull by name, in an extraordinary voice. It had a double tone. The primary one sounded far away; the second was an undertone, like a sympathetic tanging string." source: A voyage to Arcturus
can you help me understand the words "like a sympathetic tanging string"? I have searched the meanings of sympathetic sounds, tang, tanging, and string, but I cannot figure it out as a whole. What kind of a tone is the second tone according to this definition?
Thank you in advance.
I can only think it's a typo for 'twanging'.
Even so, it's not a good metaphor. Undamped strings on musical instruments vibrate sympathetically without being twanged.
- relating to vibrations occurring as a result of similar vibrations in a neighbouring body: sympathetic strings on a sitar