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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Criminal Sentence 152: Who's a Fool?

From a book I'm reading (the wife, who is speaking, has just spent a paragraph describing what a fool her husband is):

"Fool or not, in this crisis I miss him bitterly."

Who's a fool? The woman, the man or, perhaps, the writer? Yes, the writer.

Here's a non-foolish version:

"In this crisis I bitterly miss him, fool or not."

Or maybe this:

"In this crisis I bitterly miss him, fool that he may be."


Joy-Mari said...

Which sentence is more consistent with the rest of the woman's speech?

The Sentence Sleuth said...

I would say the "fool that he may be" sentence.