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    a hand v. his hand

    "Having consulted Annabel with lowered eyes, Issa plunged a skeletal hand inside his overcoat, then his shirtfront, and drew out a grimy purse of chamois leather. And from it two faded press cuttings, which he passed across the table."?

    It is clear that it was his own hand, so why does the author not used "plunged his skeletal hand" instead of "a skeletal hand"? Is this a novelic way of saying such a thing?

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    #2

    Re: a hand v. his hand

    He put only one hand inside his coat - not both.

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    #3

    Re: a hand v. his hand

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    He put only one hand inside his coat - not both.
    He has already two hands, and his hand instead his hands would be one hand.

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    #4

    Re: a hand v. his hand

    'His (skeletal) hand' could suggest that he had only one (skeletal) hand.

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    #5

    Re: a hand v. his hand

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    He has already two hands, and his hand instead his hands would be one hand.
    "Plunged a skeletal hand" is a more elegant style and avoids repeating "his".
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    Re: a hand v. his hand

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    'His (skeletal) hand' could suggest that he had only one (skeletal) hand.
    I think that this is very strange because almost all people with two hands only use their one hand, and this makes me think that in speaking everybody say "his hand" instead "a hand".

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    Re: a hand v. his hand

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    ...this makes me think that in speaking everybody says "his hand" instead "a hand".
    That's correct. The passage is literary, and it's narration, not dialog.
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    #8

    Re: a hand v. his hand

    "Having consulted Annabel with lowered eyes, Issa immersed a skeletal hand inside his overcoat, then his shirtfront, and drew out a grimy purse of chamois leather. And from it two faded press cuttings, which he passed across the table."

    I changed plunge into immerse, so would the new sentence be identical in meaning with the original?

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    #9

    Re: a hand v. his hand

    Would saying as 2. "Issa immersed a skeletal hand inside his overcoat, then his shirtfront, and drew out a grimy purse of chamois leather" be just as nice as the original?

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    Re: a hand v. his hand

    No, immersed is not a good choice.

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