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---- Rehearsals began tomorrow
« on: February 26, 2018, 04:21:39 am »
Rehearsals began tomorrow, she'd saved the day, they would have waited until the last minute because it could only be Melanie, La Jarretiere, to play Su Feng, the virgin who is tortured to death defending her purity against the invading Mongolians.  (from V. by Thomas Pynchon; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain Rehearsals began tomorrow.  Why past tense?  Thanks.  --- tk

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Re: ---- Rehearsals began tomorrow
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2018, 04:14:21 pm »
It is, presumably, reported speech.
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