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question Jack Torrance cried these words out in both surprise and agony as he slapped his right hand against his blue chambray workshirt, dislodging the big, slow- moving wasp that had stung him. Then he was scrambling up the roof as fast as he could, looking back over his shoulder to see if the wasp's brothers and sisters were rising from the nest he had uncovered to do battle. If they were, it could be bad; the nest was between him and his ladder, and the trapdoor leading down into the attic was locked from the inside. The drop was seventy feet from the roof to the cement patio between the hotel and the lawn.The clear air above the nest was still and undisturbed. Jack whistled disgustedly between his teeth, sat straddling the peak of the roof, and examined his right index finger. It was swelling already, and he supposed he would have to try and creep past that nest to his ladder so he could go down and put some ice on it. Question: he was scrambling up the roof as fast as he could --- what does this sentence imply, he was on the slope of the roof scrambling up towards the peak of the roof OR he was still on the ladder scrambling up towards the peak of the roof?Question 2: 'Then he was scrambling up the roof as fast as he could, looking back over his shoulder to see if the wasp's brothers and sisters were rising from the nest he had uncovered to do battle. If they HAD BEEN, it COULD HAVE BEEN bad; the nest was between him and his ladder' is better, I think. Because 'If they HAD BEEN, it COULD HAVE BEEN bad' means it is the hypothesis of the PAST, right? ( Now, he is on the peak of the roof. But he made this hypothesis when being on the ladder scrambling up towards the peak of the roof. )
Sep 4, 2018 10:18 AM
Answers · 5
1 He was on the slope. 2 As written, the passage describes his thought process as it then was - this comforms to your description of his making hypotheses in the past. Your suggested rewording is appropriate to describe our current thinking about these past events, but it implies that he did not think about it at the time. Does that help?
September 4, 2018
Thank you, David :-)
September 4, 2018
From what I can gather he was still on the roof as it states he wasn't on the ladder and that the nest was between him and that ladder. And secondly it looks correct to me as he was thinking in the present and not the past tense. If he was thinking in hindsight then you would have been correct. Hope this helps!
September 4, 2018
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