that time <in> the twisty tree


Joy picks a memory orb, which represents one of Riley's happy memories:
-- Oh, it's that time in the twisty tree, remember? The hockey team showed up and Mom and Dad were there cheering. Look at her, having fun and laughing.
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Inside Out, animation

Why is it "in"? Thank you.
  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    It's that time (that someone) spent in the twisty tree. Why it's not "at" or "under" I can't say, but perhaps the story makes that clear.


    Senior Member
    English (UK then US)
    I would only interpret it as referring to time spent climbing around in the branches of the tree. Even if they don't show that part of the story:)
    At or under would also work but describe a different location.


    Senior Member
    English - England
    It could be that she had been in the tree when the hockey team showed up. The scene depicted in the memory orb may be the team catching her as she jumped down from it.

    Just a thought.
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