Wu Ting
How would you interpret the word “this” here? Dear Shepherd, All right pal, keep your hair on. Probably this is not going to be the salutations you’ve been waiting for. Merry Xmas and all that. Things have changed here, it can’t be helped. I collared a job in ads. No fish! Me myself, in an office full of neck ties, and let me tell you, these cats are steaming. I don’t want to be the jerk that can’t keep up. … How would you interpret the word “this” in the sentence “Probably this is not going to be the salutations you’ve been waiting for”? Does it refer to the preceding sentence or the whole letter? Thanks. And this excerpt is taken from The Lacuna by Kingsolver.
Jun 30, 2015 7:37 AM
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'salutations' are usually greetings. 'this' is the greetings in the letter, which in this case is "Merry Xmas and all that", and possibly also "All right pal, keep your hair on." - I guess that Shepherd has been waiting for some other greetings or message.
June 30, 2015
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