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    #1

    though he had no private means he had influential friends

    He [Alban] had a gift for organization. He was not afraid of responsibility. In due course he was bound to be made a Resident. Alban had some interest in England; his father was a brigadier–general killed in the war, and though he had no private means he had influential friends. He spoke of them with pleasant irony.
    (W.S. Maugham; The Door of Opportunity)

    Whom do he's in bold refer to - Alban or his father?

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    Re: though he had no private means he had influential friends

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    He [Alban] had a gift for organization. He was not afraid of responsibility. In due course he was bound to be made a Resident. Alban had some interest in England; his father was a brigadier–general killed in the war, and though he had no private means he had influential friends. He spoke of them with pleasant irony.
    (W.S. Maugham; The Door of Opportunity)

    Whom do he's in bold refer to - Alban or his father?

    Thanks.
    Alban.

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    Re: though he had no private means he had influential friends

    Alban.

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    #4

    Re: though he had no private means he had influential friends

    Not the dead father!

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    #5

    Re: though he had no private means he had influential friends

    How would the sentence change if I wanted to convey the thought that his father 'was a brigadier–general killed in the war and though he had no private means he had influential friends [when he was alive; before he was killed]' (probably suggesting that Alban's father's friends could also be of help to Alban)?

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    #6

    Re: though he had no private means he had influential friends

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    How would the sentence change if I wanted to convey the thought that his father 'was a brigadier–general killed in the war and though he had no private means he had influential friends [when he was alive; before he was killed]' (probably suggesting that Alban's father's friends could also be of help to Alban)?

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    You could change it to past perfect like this:
    "his father was a brigadier–general killed in the war, and though he had had no private means he had had"

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