Certainly I was now well awake; my body had veered round for the last time and the good angel of certainty had made all the surrounding objects stand still, had set me down under my bedclothes, in my bedroom.

Could you help me understand this sentence? I searched set down in Google but it didn't help. This is what I have found:

  1. to cause to sit down
  2. to suspend (a jockey) from racing
  3. to cause or allow to get off a vehicle
  4. to land (an airplane) on the ground or water

I thought down under might be the key but it turned out that it means Australia or New Zealand. So, I'm confused and hopefully, you can help.
Thanks in advance.

  • My answer provides the meaning but without knowing who me is, it's hard to describe it exactly. Could be a narrating dog? Or a child?
    – Lambie
    May 13, 2020 at 21:05
  • Thank you for responding. No, it is neither a narrating dog nor a child. It's an adult man who is recalling his waking moments. May 14, 2020 at 17:49
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    Then, the angel of certainty did it. It's an image.The angel of certainty is the subject of the sentence....I missed that the first time.
    – Lambie
    May 14, 2020 at 20:39

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Usable examples of the two-word verb: to set something down or set down something [less usual]

  • to set a/the baby down
  • to set a/the book down
  • to set a/the chair down.

To set an object or child or animal down. To no longer be holding it. To place it somewhere.

Some object has been placed on a surface. In your case, the bed.

  • He set down his pen and looked up at me when I entered the room

under the bedclothes= under the bedclothes, which could be under the sheets, blankets and bedspread of a made bed.

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