In Braveheart (1995), Hamish watches two runners running through hillside:

Hamish: William! It's several runners!

Two runners approaches Wallace and his band:

Runner 1: The English are advancing an army toward Stirling.

Wallace: Do the nobles rally?

Runner 2: Robert the Bruce and most of the others will not commit to battle, but word has spread, and the Highlanders are coming down on their own.

If there are only two runners, so several means more than two, so word several fits here?

  • Is it possible that Hamish hasn't seen the runners clearly enough to count them accurately (or that he thinks that there might be more following the first two)? Jul 21 '20 at 19:53

You are mistaken, he doesn't say "several".

He says:

William, it's our runners.

The Scottish accent makes the word "our" into two distinct syllables (ow-er). Some other British English accents pronounce it similarly, although a little less obviously; others with one syllable (similar to the word 'are'). This, along with the accent may have contributed to your mistake.

You are correct that "several" means more than two, but not many.

  • I am not mistaken, pretty sure it's several, That's why I approached this site.
    – Keith Cole
    Jul 21 '20 at 13:34

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