when the subject of Bobbi’s friend <came><had come> up

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JJXR

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Hello to all,

Thanks for reading my post.


Source:

The Tommyknockers by Stephen King

Sample sentence:

Ev groped, but couldn’t come up with it. He remembered the way Beach Jernigan’s mouth had thinned down when the subject of Bobbi’s friend <came><had come> up one day in the Haven Lunch.

Question:

Would the sentence be correct if I were to replace the bolded "came" with "had come"? If so, which version is more natural?


Thanks a lot for any comments, corrections or suggestions!

Regards,
JJXR
 
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