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    Help with this sentence, please.

    Could you tell me what the part in quotes means?

    (Some men peer across a house)...the line of sight floating a few feet above the floor, "occasionally interrupted when Hillary or Mallory in some keystone chase race around the children's beds."

    Are there Hillary or Mallory figures on the keystone or what?

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    Re: Help with this sentence, please.

    In what context did you read this partial sentence?

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    Re: Help with this sentence, please.

    I believe there is a word missing. "Keystone cops" makes more sense.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keystone_Cops

    The term has since come to be used to criticize any group for its mistakes, particularly if the mistakes happened after a great deal of energy and activity, or if there was a lack of coordination among the members of the group. For example, the June 2004 election campaign of the Liberal Party of Canada was compared with "the Keystone Kops running around" by one of its parliamentary members, Carolyn Parrish.[3] In criticizing the Department of Homeland Security's response to Hurricane Katrina, Senator Joseph Lieberman claimed that emergency workers under DHS chief Michael Chertoff "ran around like Keystone Kops, uncertain about what they were supposed to do or uncertain how to do it."[

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