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Old Jul 29 2008, 12:32 AM   #38
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I would assume if she'd meant seconds, she'd say seconds. "Moments" to me implies a few minutes. Still FAST, but it's not like it's reduced to a charred skeleton in thirty seconds. Plus, we know that ground crews have orders to give mercy to some victims, implying that the victims are living long enough to suffer horribly. Using "moments", not an actual measurement of time, just creates a general sense. I *sincerely* doubt she was at all thinking of time perception changing in stressful situations, because in general she is not a precise writer (the reference to eight seconds notwithstanding--she's also used three coughs as a measurement and I half wonder if the random choice of eight comes from bull riding.) She just wanted to convey the impression that it happens quickly. Because precise amount of time is not important to the story.
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