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Margaret Atwood excerpt



blunderbuster
Germany

Margaret Atwood excerpt
 
Hello everyone, 
 
Cold you, please, help me determine if, in the text below, "unreliable" could be replaced by "unrelenting"?
 
"Monday, January 7, 2013.

Felix brushes his teeth. Then he brushes his other teeth, the false ones, and slides them into his mouth. Despite the layer of pink adhesive he�s applied, they don�t fit very well; perhaps his mouth is shrinking. He smiles: the illusion of a smile. Pretense, fakery, but who�s to know?

Once he would have called his dentist and made an appointment, and the luxurious faux-leather chair would have been his, the concerned face smelling of mint mouthwash, the skilled hands wielding gleaming instruments. Ah yes, I see the problem. No worries, we�ll get that fixed for you. Like taking his car in for a tuneup. He might even have been graced with music on the earphones and a semi-knockout pill.

But he can�t afford such professional adjustments now. His dental care is low-rent, so he�s at the mercy of his unreliable teeth. Too bad, because that�s all he needs for his upcoming finale: a denture meltdown. Our revelth now have ended. Theeth our actorth … Should that happen, his humiliation would be total; at the thought of it even his lungs blush. If the words are not perfect, the pitch exact, the modulation delicately adjusted, the spell fails. People start to shift in their seats, and cough, and go home at intermission. It�s like death."

 
Thank you 
 

6 Aug 2019      



yanogator
United States

No, his teeth are in bad condition, so they are unreliable. They are definitely not unrelenting.
 
 
Bruce 

6 Aug 2019     



blunderbuster
Germany

Hi, Bruce! Thank you. Even if it says his mouth might have been shrinking, "unrelenting" would not feel possible? Regards 

7 Aug 2019     



yanogator
United States

No, even a shrinking mouth would not produce unrelenting teeth.

7 Aug 2019     



blunderbuster
Germany

Thank you, Bruce. 

8 Aug 2019     



douglas
United States

..but they may be causing unrelenting pain.

12 Aug 2019     



yanogator
United States

Yes, Douglas, and that might be leading to the confusion.

14 Aug 2019