garden pathing relative clause

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Mar 4 18:54:14 UTC 2008

I did not have trouble, relating "the first of which" to the
very-immediately preceding "two marriages".  Also, the number of gay
relationships is uncounted.


At 3/4/2008 01:26 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>Is it just me, or does the last sentence in this excerpt from an
>about the late activist Episcopalian bishop Paul Moore yield a garden
>Paul Moore Jr., the late, revered Episcopal bishop who became a
>national figure of liberal Christian activism from the cathedral's
>pulpit in the 1970s and '80s, had lived a secret gay life...
>In an elegiac article in the March 3 issue of The New Yorker magazine
>titled "The Bishop's Daughter," the poet Honor Moore describes her
>father, Bishop Moore, who died in 2003 at 83, as alternately
>passionate and elusive, capable of deep "religious emotion," yet just
>beyond her emotional reach. It was only after he died, she said, that
>she fully realized that he had had gay relationships during his two
>marriages, the first of which produced his nine children.
>For me, the strong suggestion on the first pass is that it was the
>first of his gay relationships that produces his nine children, which
>then (not inexplicably) forces a reprocessing.  Others I've checked
>with split on whether or not they get the garden path.
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