The protagonist, one of Amber's princes, is now at a hospital for the incision by a sword. Abide. Think. Regenerate. And so it came to pass that a little after dinertime, just as the sky was darkening again, I was beaten to the punch. ["Sign of the Unicorn" of The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny] I'd like to know if I can rephrase the underline clause as the following: "And it came to pass in such a way that I was beaten to the punch." Thank you in advance for your help.