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Now can be used in narrative contexts to refer to a point in the past as the reference time.

The assassins stepped aside, and now Brutus took his turn.

Without additional context, we can't be sure that this is the case in the passage you cited, but if it is, the past perfect is being connected to a point in time in the past, not to the present.

P.S. The page you linked to does not open for me.

P.P.S. I tried a second time, and it is indeed the narrative context I had suspected.

He was afraid he had said the wrong thing—the cat had been missing for three days now.

This now is his present at that time (the time of his fear), not oursnot ours.

Now can be used in narrative contexts to refer to a point in the past as the reference time.

The assassins stepped aside, and now Brutus took his turn.

Without additional context, we can't be sure that this is the case in the passage you cited, but if it is, the past perfect is being connected to a point in time in the past, not to the present.

P.S. The page you linked to does not open for me.

P.P.S. I tried a second time, and it is indeed the narrative context I had suspected.

He was afraid he had said the wrong thing—the cat had been missing for three days now.

This now is his present at that time, not ours.

Now can be used in narrative contexts to refer to a point in the past as the reference time.

The assassins stepped aside, and now Brutus took his turn.

Without additional context, we can't be sure that this is the case in the passage you cited, but if it is, the past perfect is being connected to a point in time in the past, not to the present.

P.S. The page you linked to does not open for me.

P.P.S. I tried a second time, and it is indeed the narrative context I had suspected.

He was afraid he had said the wrong thing—the cat had been missing for three days now.

This now is his present at that time (the time of his fear), not ours.

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Now can be used in narrative contexts to refer to a point in the past as the reference time.

The assassins stepped aside, and now Brutus took his turn.

Without additional context, we can't be sure that this is the case in the passage you cited, but if it is, the past perfect is being connected to a point in time in the past, not to the present.

P.S. The page you linked to does not open for me.

P.P.S. I tried a second time, and it is indeed the narrative context I had suspected.

He was afraid he had said the wrong thing—the cat had been missing for three days now.

This now is his present at that time, not ours.

Now can be used in narrative contexts to refer to a point in the past as the reference time.

The assassins stepped aside, and now Brutus took his turn.

Without additional context, we can't be sure that this is the case in the passage you cited, but if it is, the past perfect is being connected to a point in time in the past, not to the present.

P.S. The page you linked to does not open for me.

P.P.S. I tried a second time, and it is indeed the narrative context I had suspected.

Now can be used in narrative contexts to refer to a point in the past as the reference time.

The assassins stepped aside, and now Brutus took his turn.

Without additional context, we can't be sure that this is the case in the passage you cited, but if it is, the past perfect is being connected to a point in time in the past, not to the present.

P.S. The page you linked to does not open for me.

P.P.S. I tried a second time, and it is indeed the narrative context I had suspected.

He was afraid he had said the wrong thing—the cat had been missing for three days now.

This now is his present at that time, not ours.

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Now can be used in narrative contexts to refer to a point in the past as the reference time.

The assassins stepped aside, and now Brutus took his turn.

Without additional context, we can't be sure that this is the case in the passage you cited, but if it is, the past perfect is being connected to a point in time in the past, not to the present.

P.S. The page you linked to does not open for me.

P.P.S. I tried a second time, and it is indeed the narrative context I had suspected.