At these times what he thinks of as Beaver's Lullaby will come back to him

VadimR

Senior Member
Russian
The Dreamcatcher. S.King.

Beaver ends up singing it three more times before the kid will let him stop. Henry has never forgotten that haunting fragment and will sometimes recall it at the oddest times: after opening his paper to the obituary page and seeing Barry Newman's rather charming smile above his multiple chins; feeding his father, who had come down with Alzheimer's at the ferociously unfair age of fifty-three. At these times what he thinks of as Beaver's Lullaby will come back to him, and he will feel transiently comforted.

Can someone please tell if the "as" is the same as "as if" here or it has the different meaning?
 
  • Enquiring Mind

    Senior Member
    English - the Queen's
    Hello VadimR. No, it's not "as if".
    "... what he thinks of as Beaver's Lullaby will come back to him" = the tune which he considers to be Beaver's Lullaby ...

    Cf: What he thinks of as Russian lettering is, in fact, Bulgarian.
     
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