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    All that he could ever know

    Hello,

    Can anybody help me with the bold text? Somehow, I can not make head or tail of it ...

    He wanted to live, as never before; he longed, with intolerable avidity, to breathe the open air once more, to know the unimaginable bliss of free movement and respiration. God! if someone would only come—if he could hear the ring of footsteps, the sullen grating of the slab, the hammers and chisels that would let in the blessed light, the pure air! Was this all that he could ever know, this dumb horror of living interment, this blind, cramped agony of slow suffocation?

    C.A.Smith, The Second Interment, 193?

    Thank you very much.
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    Re: All that he could ever know

    It means he was wondering if he was going to experience those things - "this dumb horror of living interment, this blind, cramped agony of slow suffocation" (and nothing else) forever.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: All that he could ever know

    There's a reason why the overwrought style went out of fashion.
    I am not a teacher.

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