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    A sentence from The Honorable Schoolboy by John Le Carre

    Hi: good morning/afternoon/evening, the following sentence was taken from The Honorable Schoolboy by John Le Carre.

    Listening, waiting - vamping, as the actors call it - Craw told himself her story, just as he had told it on the refresher course at Sarratt five years ago, when he was back there getting a rebore in the black arts. (Penguin Edition, p 220)

    My question is: Why does the author use "ago" instead of "before", since the time reference is "past in the past"?

    Thank you for reading my question, and have a nice day.
    Last edited by teechar; 07-Jun-2017 at 09:28. Reason: typo

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    Re: A sentence from The Honorable Schoolboy by John Le Carre

    Quote Originally Posted by guzhao67 View Post
    since the time reference is "past in the past"?
    What do you mean by that?

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    Re: A sentence from The Honorable Schoolboy by John Le Carre

    Le Carre is making the reported thought more vivid by using the time expression Craw had in mind when he had the thought.

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