From: Mike Sangrey (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Aug 30 2000 - 07:33:41 EDT
Cindy Westfall <CWestf5155@aol.com> said:
> It's the difference between a bar scene where the setting in the
> imperfect (backdrop) are the flies buzzing, the alchohol flowing, and
> a dog scratching. (The flies were buzzing, the alchohol was
> flowing...) The present is like a focus on a pocker game on center
> stage (and there's this card game). The aorist is like the play by
> play account of the game (the dealer hit the bad guy with two), and
> the perfect could mark the climax where the Virginian pulled his gun
> out and said "Smile when you say that" (though I think that there are
> additional ways to mark the climax).
And what happens after the Virginian shoots? Kenny Rodgers, who has been
serving behind the bar all along, sings
"You got to know when to hold 'em,
know when to fold 'em,
know when to walk away,
know when to run"
Which of course is a series of infinitives bringing out and highly focusing
on the real point of the bar room scene.
Thanks Cindy for the excellent illustration--clear as a whistle.
Every Christian library should have a plaque which states:
"There is one book which explains all these."
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