Friday, December 3, 2010

How many "had"s can you get in one sentence?

"Sherman had had what would now be called a nervous breakdown and had had to give up his command in Kentucky."

--Bruce Catton, Grant Moves South 90

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Praise The Lord!
Dear Kent,
Just for your information:

Jack had had enough and was quite perturbed in that he had had a huge pale of fish in the boat of which he had had all good intentions to take back to the cabin for which he had had many plans to have had supper with the home-made crackers of which he had had plently left over from last nights supper with the guys from the club with whom they all had had so much fun before it started raining when they all scrambled to put the food away with plans of having it later in the evening for snacks except for the fact George turnd the boat sidways to the waves and had had intentions of returning from being so far out when they almost tipped over (but had had intentions of living awhile longer) and, therefore, had had to experience, having having had to have to have had no such desire as to have had to -- yes -- spill that fine kettle of fish!

P.S. In the New Testament, the apostle, Paul, seemes to have had written some of the longest sentences I've ever read. This -- at least in part -- is probably why many feel the New Testament book of Hebrews was not written by divine inspiration through Paul, what with his long, seemingly run-on sentences. For we know that the Lord did not cross personal traits of the Bible writers, and in Hebrew's the literary style is obviusly not Paul's. Further, without going into detiail now on the matter, the book of Esther in the Old Testamet is a unique work of literary art like Paul's, I feel. (Incidentally, I love the story-line progression of thought in Esther!) --Dad

MMR said...

Something in me just doesn't like all of those hads.

dean said...

I think we've been had!