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    Jolt to a stop

    In chapter 1 of "Origin" by Dan Brown, Professor Langdon arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
    and goes down the irregular steps. After that sentences below follow:

    At the bottom of the stairs, Langdon jolted to a stop, staring at a massive object that loomed ahead.
    Now I've seen it all.

    And my questions:

    1. How did Mr. Langdon look like precisely, when he "jolted to a stop"?
    According to dictionaries in the internet, "jolt to a stop" means "stop moving suddenly which causes a jolt".
    Did he stumble then?

    2. Does "Now I've seen it all." mean something like "I'm so astonished"?

    As a non-native speaker of English I'd be most grateful, if you could take time to answer my questions. Many thanks.

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    Re: Jolt to a stop

    Welcome to the forum, Akebono.

    1. We can only guess how he looked—shocked? surprised? There is nothing to say he stumbled.

    2. Yes.

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    Re: Jolt to a stop

    He saw something that astonished him.

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    Re: Jolt to a stop

    He stopped suddenly. Someone watching would have been surprised by the abruptness.
    I am not a teacher.

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