Gladly would he have given her the promise she wanted, and gladly walked her back to his own bedchamber on his arm to let her dress in the silks and velvets she loved so much. Had the choice been his, she could have sat beside him at Joffrey’s wedding feast, and danced with all the bears she liked. But he could not see her hang. (Game of Thrones) Context: "he" is Tyrion and "her" is Shae. Tyrion loves Shae, a whore, so he wants to fulfill her desires. But Tyrion's father forbids this relationship and promises to hang Shae if he finds Tyrion with Shae. Joffrey’s wedding is a few days off. I have a small question. Which time does the bold part "Had the choice been his" refer to? Past, present or future? Thank you.