|Narrative Arc of The Ice Cream War|
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Ice Cream War in the Past Perfect
A three-sentence story in the past perfect…
It wasn’t until she had politely refused strawberry ice cream three times, but accepted his offer of rum raisin instead, that he realized she actually didn’t like the taste of strawberry. Shares it.
And since the boxes of ice cream flavors always contained strawberry, a competition developed so that he had always given her the strawberry ice cream before she politely exchanged her strawberry for his rum raisin. But still offered him a taste.
This ice cream war became so intense that one night she had completely eaten the rum raisin ice cream while he answered the telephone.
The past perfect combines had (the simple past of have) with the past participle of the main verb. Used to show that an action occurred before a specified time in the past. As in: “She had abandoned politeness by the time she stole the ice cream.”