For example, one day my roommate came back from tripping on acid down by the river, telling me about a racoon he had seen, dead and frozen, still hanging onto a fallen willow. It had freaked him out because he had not been sure wether it had been alive or dead, but after a while of it not moving and him not moving staring at it he figured it was dead- still too scared to make sure of it though
Just would like to know why it is not "had figured" as it happened before the roommate came back from this tripping (before RT) but after it had freaked out....
A)Is it because the other verbs in the sentence are already past perfect so it was not necessary to put the last one past perfect.
B)Is it because at RT (when he came back)the sentence was still true(the raccoon was dead)think this is one is a better reason.