True!-Nervous-very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?
-Edgar Allen Poe, the Tell-Tale Heart.
This sentence screams agitation. It's as if a harried man just burst into the room and started speaking loudly, eyes wild. "True!" he exclaims, heading off questions, comments and accusations. "Nervous-very, very dreadfully nervous," he continues. Whenever a word, phrase or feeling is repeated, it means pay attention. This phrase hammers in deeper the feeling of crazed anxiety we get from this sentence. You could argue this same sentence could be spoken by a calm and collected gentleman. However, the exclamation point and the repetition of emphasis words leads me to the harried, slightly crazy man conclusion.
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