that's another 15, 20, tops

VicNicSor

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A couple drives to their house in a remote place to spend a weekend there. During a BDSM sex game, while she's handcuffed to the bad, he suddenly dies from a stroke. Then his ghost appears out of his body and they are talking. Seems like he tries to help her anyway. He asks her when they got here, she says "one-ish. They he asks how long till they got into bed, she says an hour, or more. So he says call that two o'clock, then. Then he asks when he dropped dead, she says ten minutes, after.
HE: When's the sun been setting?
SHE: 7:15 or so.
HE: [standing by the window] Oh, that's pretty close. That's another 15, 20, tops. So, let's say... five hours, so far. Five hours you've wasted, screaming for neighbors that are half a mile away.
Gerald's Game, movie

Could you tell me what he mean by the phrase in blue?
Thank you.
 
  • Myridon

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    He can tell by the position of the sun that it's 15-20 minutes before 7:15 so it's been about 5 hours since he died at about 2 o'clock.
     

    heypresto

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    He's working out how long she's been screaming. He died at around 2:10, he guesses it's about 15 - 20 minutes till sunrise, and therefore 7ish now, so he calculates that she's been screaming for about 5 hours.

    It seems unlikely that there isn't a clock in the room. But perhaps ghosts can't see or read clocks? Or maybe it's just the scriptwriters trying to make it all bit more dramatic.

    His adding that rather sinister "so far" doesn't bode well. :eek:


    Cross-posted.
     

    VicNicSor

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    I see. One question please. Why does he add "another"? As if he adds it up to something. It doesn't make sense here....

    It seems unlikely that there isn't a clock in the room. But perhaps ghosts can't see or read clocks? Or maybe it's just the scriptwriters trying to make it all bit more dramatic.
    It does seem there isn't:)
     

    VicNicSor

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    A specific time was mentioned: "7:15". As noted, he can tell by the position of the sun that it is between 6:55 and 7:00 - or 15 to 20 minutes before 7:15.
    Yes, but not mentioning the "another" would make perfect sense. He doesn't add the 15-20 minutes to anything (in which case the "another" would be justified)...
     

    heypresto

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    It's 15 or 20 minutes on top of all the minutes that have ever been, about 13.5 billion years' worth of them. In another 15 or 20 of them it will be about 7:15.
     

    VicNicSor

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    It's 15 or 20 minutes on top of all the minutes that have ever been, about 13.5 billion years' worth of them. In another 15 or 20 of them it will be about 7:15.
    You are not serious!:D

    Actually, I think he mistakenly adds those 20 minutes to all the time that has been passed since he died.
     

    Myridon

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    Judging by the position of the sun, "7:15 or so" is another 15 to 20 minutes from now, so now must be about 6:55 to 7:00. He correctly subtracts the 15 - 20 minutes from 7:15 or so to get around 7:00. Around 2:00 to around 7:00 is around five hours.
     

    VicNicSor

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    Judging by the position of the sun, "7:15 or so" is another 15 to 20 minutes from now, so now must be about 6:55 to 7:00. He correctly subtracts the 15 - 20 minutes from 7:15 or so to get around 7:00. Around 2:00 to around 7:00 is around five hours.
    Exactly, he subtracts, I was thinking about too. But it's an opposite to "another" idea:)
     
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