“Well then,” he said, running a hand through his hair and cutting his eyes anxiously towards the door. “I’ll leave you now. Hell of a thing that’s happened, good Lord. You must be feeling awfully rough. A good solid sleep will be the best thing in the world for you. Are you tired?” he said, looking at me closely. Was I? I was wide awake, and yet part of me was so glassed-off and numb I was practically in a coma.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

What does glassed-off mean here? Is it along the line of 'detached, sequestered?

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    As if behind a thick glass window, as we find in bullet-proof kiosks where a person inside takes money and needs to be protected. off is the clue. Walled off (by thick glass). Isolated. A barrier between oneself and the world. You are on the right track with "detached, sequestered".
    – TimR
    Commented Jun 18, 2016 at 12:58

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It's a metaphor meaning as if covered with glass, i.e. your word sequestered is correct.

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