2019-11-29 09:31:59 UTC
wondering about this sentence: "Twice or three times he had tried to
make love to her, roughly, in his sleep". Don't worry about the
plausibility, or not, of a man's making love while asleep (we know, of
course, that Supreme Court Justices could, when young, do it when their
victim was asleep, but that's not the same: even Quinn could probably
understand the difference). I wasn't thinking about that, but of the
first four words, "Twice or three times..."
I would normally say "Two or three times", though I might, if I treated
the "or three times" as a parenthetic after thought, cordon it off with
dashes or, in speech, with pauses, say "Twice -- or three times --
...", but I doubt whether I'd say or write what Follett wrote. How does
it sound to others?
(The more I think about the more I find Follett's version OK.)