What indeed? While she was walking through the forest, she saw a wolf strolling slowly towards her, humming something to himself. A minute or so earlier, the wolf had been watching her from behind a tree, and had thought to himself, 'She'd make a nice juicy meal'. But as he didn't want to frighten her off he had decided to play it nice and cool, and so the nonchalant walk.
I would like to know if past perfect continuous and past perfect are necessary as it is written a minute earlier, so that we know that this passage takes place before the girl saw the wolf. Would it have been possible to use past simple?
A minute earlier he watched her from behind a tree and thought.....
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