I think this author uses declaration to let the readers feel that this sentence has irony and humour,Am I right? Because the general usage would be "but after I had heard what Lorna said, […]."

Here is the quote:

"I have a 10 o'clock meeting with Patrick Beeman. To discuss what needs to be done." I suppose I nodded. Freddy wanted me to do my Flesh-Eating Zombie thing, but after Lorna's declaration, it was beyond me. She said something else that I heard but didn't really hear, climbed into the car and drove off.

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    I think not. He uses it to characterize what Lorna says as ominously formal, like a Declaration of Independence or a Declaration of War. Ironic, possibly, but not humorous. Aug 24, 2013 at 14:18
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    It could just be that the author wanted something less wordy than "after I heard what Lorna said." I think I've seen the word announcement used in a similar way, referring to a general statement, rather than a formal announcement.
    – J.R.
    Aug 25, 2013 at 11:50
  • still , I think that's about irony , and about humour too, because the narrator in a bad situation can still say something like this . Thank you both.
    – Lincoln
    Aug 27, 2013 at 2:55

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Perhaps in the context of the whole it comes across ironic. (It does to me too, but only just - because of the "Flesh-Eating Zombie thing".) However, the phrase "Lorna's declaration" in itself is just a statement.

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