Please, help me. I am reading a novel and found something I cannot understand:
He was not aware that he ever stopped crying. In his sleep a voice echoed down the long dark barrel of a cannon. In the morning, he awoke suddenly to a flutter of wings.
In the sentence, I know the meaning of "awoke" and "to a flutter of wings". But I find it hard to make the connection between the two.
In other words, how did he get up? I looked it up thorough Google, but it seems just a flutter of wings, meaning the quick movement of wings.
What should I know to understand? Is there a deep meaning of the preposition "to", or something else?