The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.
My questions are regarding the sentence in bold. ① Are the tingling and a catch in the voice also referring to the sensation of falling from a height? ② In other words, is the author comparing the shock and awe, which he feels faced with the mystery and grandeur of the cosmos, to the sensation of falling? ③ What's your interpretation of the sentence?
Edit: My questions are about the intention of the author as to WHY he listed these three things. Are these three things meant to describe the same image or scenario of falling from a height. Or, are they separate things in parallel? What image does the sentence conjure up when you first read it?
In my personal experience with roller coasters, skydiving and bungee jumps, the tingling and the inability to scream (even if I wanted to) are integral to the overall sensation of falling from a height. Hence the understanding and the question.