a bit of perhaps we better had

giovannino

Senior Member
Italian, Neapolitan
Can someone help me with this phrase? It's from a novel by Kingsley Amis:

Somewhere along the line, Rosemary supposed, there might have been a question raised about whether the wife had been informed, and a bit of perhaps we better had

I know that "better had" is sometimes used in BE for "had better" but I've never encountered "a bit of perhaps" before.
Does it mean "maybe, just maybe it would have been better if we had informed her"?
 
  • Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Hi giovannino

    I would read it as:
    Somewhere along the line ... there might have been
    (1) a question raised about whether the wife had been informed, and
    (2) a bit of "perhaps we better had [inform the wife]"

    with (2) meaning some discussion about whether we ought to inform her.
     
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