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    "they didn't hit me with a chair"

    Dear teachers.
    I have a question about the following passage from a pulp fiction.
    (Doan, a detective, and Brill, a solicitor, caught a pair of killers in the client's house. Doan wanted to check the cellartold, so he told Brill to watch the killers, and went away though Brill protested strongly. When Doan returned, Brill was in a sad state, having been hit with a chair by one of the killers)
    "Doan!" he said desperately. "That damned scoundrel, Crowley. Tricked me. Hit me--hit me--chair." He heaved himself up on his elbows, eyes glaring. "Doan! I'll hold you responsible! Got away! Your fault!"
    "They didn't hit me with a chair," Doan pointed out.
    "You!" Brill gasped. "Leaving me with them. While you wander off... They'll get away!......"

    I am not quite sure what Doan means by "They didn't hit me with a chair". Is he implying that the person who is really responsible is the one foolish enough to be hit with a chair? As far as grammar is concerned, this is an easy sentence, but I don't understand the flow of the conversation. I appreciate it very much if you could help me.

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    Re: "they didn't hit me with a chair"

    Quote Originally Posted by imchongjun View Post
    Dear teachers.
    I have a question about the following passage from a pulp fiction.
    (Doan, a detective, and Brill, a solicitor, caught a pair of killers in the client's house. Doan wanted to check the cellartold, so he told Brill to watch the killers, and went away though Brill protested strongly. When Doan returned, Brill was in a sad state, having been hit with a chair by one of the killers)
    "Doan!" he said desperately. "That damned scoundrel, Crowley. Tricked me. Hit me--hit me--chair." He heaved himself up on his elbows, eyes glaring. "Doan! I'll hold you responsible! Got away! Your fault!"
    "They didn't hit me with a chair," Doan pointed out.
    "You!" Brill gasped. "Leaving me with them. While you wander off... They'll get away!......"

    I am not quite sure what Doan means by "They didn't hit me with a chair". Is he implying that the person who is really responsible is the one foolish enough to be hit with a chair?

    Yes, so it seems. He would say "They didn't hit me with a chair".

    As far as grammar is concerned, this is an easy sentence, but I don't understand the flow of the conversation. I appreciate it very much if you could help me.
    R.

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    Re: "they didn't hit me with a chair"

    Thank you, Raymott, for your comment. That's what I needed to know.

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