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    By now they were all sitting upon the rug and between them creating a monumental group of unusual grandeur.
    (M. Peake; Titus Groan; By Gormenghast Lake)

    Should I read it as: '[...] and creating a monumental group of unusual grandeur between them.'?

    If so, then how would the phrase change if we removed 'between them'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    By now they were all sitting upon the rug and between them creating a monumental group of unusual grandeur.
    (M. Peake; Titus Groan; By Gormenghast Lake)

    Should I read it as: '[...] and creating a monumental group of unusual grandeur between them'? You could read it like that.

    If so, then how would the phrase change if we removed 'between them'? If you mean 'How would the sentence change if we moved "between them"?'it wouldn't change.
    Rover

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    Thank you Rover_KE.

    I meant if we removed it completely from the sentence.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    Thank you Rover_KE.

    I meant if we removed it completely from the sentence.

    Thanks.
    You would destroy the image intended by Mervyn Peake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    You would destroy the image intended by Mervyn Peake.
    Thank you bhaisahab!

    Which is exactly what, if I may ask?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by suprunp; 22-Feb-2013 at 12:07.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    Thank you bhaisahab!

    Which is exactly what, if I may ask?

    Thanks.
    For me, it conjures an image of each individual, through their being together, creating something that is greater than the sum of its parts.

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