Student or Learner
Chapter 2 from a novel begins: "It was several hours later. The shot sailor had been taken to hospital...", what follows is the continuation of the novel.
But what's the exact meaning of the sentence here? I mean:
1) Simply, "It happened several hours later."
2) "Several hours have passed". connoting "from something had taken place before"
The fact after "later" there is a full stop is a little odd for me
Matter of nuance, I know, but I'd appreciate any help. Thank You