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Why author changes conventional word order, I think like that - 'His life had been with only one tragedy'?

His had been a life with only one tragedy—the simultaneous death of his young wife and the stillborn child who would have been a sister to the one-year-old Charles.

THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMAN by John Fowles

  • 'His' here is like 'mine', not 'my'. His (life) had been a life with only one tragedy... – dan Feb 5 at 9:26
  • @dan, I think your comment can be transformed into a good answer. – Lucian Sava Feb 5 at 9:41
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'His' here is like 'mine', not 'my'. His (life) had been a life with only one tragedy...

Compare to:

‘Is that your car?’ ‘No, mine is parked over the road.’

  • It sounds strange because (or since) it is the beginning of the paragraph, but isn't the continuation. – Vitaly Feb 6 at 8:59

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