I wouldn't think the 'plural' use of the letter "s" would really come in to what we were talking about, because we both agreed that it was the first letter only. (plural--typically only affecting the "s" on the end of a word.)
Originally Posted by Ayko
Just as a random bit of fun to see if the (Google's) theory is right--I just checked out how many times an "s" appeared at the beginning of a word in two pieces of script. The first was page 19 of The Shining - 21 times. The second piece was page 19 of NZ Dog World (yeah sorry, I couldn't be bothered walking to the bookcase) and in that one I found 24 "s"-words.
The Shining's page 19 had 442 words to the page and the Dog World's page 19 had 454 words... so not much in it really.
There is no harm in you taking meaning or feeling from number or word patterns in Stephen's writing, Ayko--I've nothing to say about that, my personal feeling though, (apart from the obvious ones... "19" specifically) is that Stephen most likely just wrote the story and wouldn't have given much thought to how many times any particular letter appeared at the beginning of a word.
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