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    looked up at the angry edge in her voice


    “I took my niece to the planetarium in St.Louis Last week,” Susan told me. I looked up at the angry edge in her voice. “I had told her we could do anything she wanted that day, but that’s what my niece wanted most-to show me the stars.” Susan leaned back against the wall and stared at her gloved hands.

    From Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark by Paul Bogard

    How can I understand “looked up at the angry edge”? The angry edge is an emotion. How can you look up at it?
    I am a fleeting visitor on this fragile Earth.

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    Re: looked up at the angry edge in her voice

    "at" there means "upon hearing" or "at the time of hearing". It might help you to think of it as "I looked up ... at the sound of the angry edge in her voice". Don't think of it as "I looked up at" followed by a place.

    By the way, "the angry edge" is, in this case, a sound, not an emotion. It's the specific sound of her voice.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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