Kat describes about her husband:

Kat: Sleeps 70 with crew. Two helicopters. Missile defenses.

Protagonist: Afraid of pirates?

Kat: Andrei lives playing one government off the other. The day they turn, that's his refuge.

What does "they" and "that" refer to?

Source: Christopher Nolan's movie Tenet (2020)

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They refers to government which is a collective noun (refers to a group of people).

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As for that, it refers to the preceding clause the day when (or the fact that) the government will turn. Meaning is a bit ambiguous, I can't be sure what The day they turn actually means, but probably it is clearer in the context of the book.

  • Turn means turn their back? Dec 8, 2020 at 8:39
  • I am wondering... not clear. Because of the previous sentence Andrei lives playing one government off the other. it influences me to understand that maybe he means every time a government is followed by another. But I really don't know.
    – fev
    Dec 8, 2020 at 8:42

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