more than perfect / by Anthony Gibbins

nisi fallor unless I am mistaken, today’s page contains the very first Pluperfect Verb to occur in a Legonium story. That Verb is celaverat and it means she had hidden. Pluperfect (pronounced ploo-perfect) is a syncopation of three Latin words, plus quam perfectum which mean plus more quam than perfectum completed. The Pluperfect Tense is used to describe an action that had already been completed at a moment is the past.

Episode Six of Legonium is the first to be told entirely in the Past Tense. Jessica lowered the rope which she had (previously) hidden on the roof. At that moment - in the past - when Jessica lowered the rope, the hiding of the rope had already been completed. The hiding was therefore plus quam perfectum or Pluperfect.

For the sake of comparison, I will rewrite the entire page in the Present Tense. Each of the Perfect Tense Verbs will become Present and the Pluperfect Verb will become Perfect. The truly observant will also note the change in Tense of the Subjunctive Verb descenderet in the Purpose Clause.

Jessica longum funem in tecto celavit. funem celeriter demittit quo facilius decendat. eheu! vir feminaque eam iam tandem conspiciunt.

Jessica has hidden (not: had hidden) a long rope on the roof. She quickly lowers the rope by-which-she-might (quo) descend more quickly. Oh no! The man and the woman catch sight of her now at last.

Jessica had hidden a long rope on the roof. She quickly lowered the rope in-order-to (quo) descend more quickly. Oh no! The man and the woman caught sight of her then at last.