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Redd Tramp from Los Angeles, CA is reading Mongrels by SGJ; Sacred and Immoral: On the Writings of Chuck Palahniuk; The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault December 3, 2014 - 10:11am

I keep arguing with myself over whether or not to edit this word out. Is it redundant to say that someone presses his two hands over his mouth? Is just saying 'hands' enough? I mean, how many hands could a person actually have, doesn't using 'hands' plural imply that there are two hands? But when I take 'two' out, it changes the rhythm of the sentence and I keep going back and forth, two hands, just hands, two hands, just hands, two hands, just hands.

Thoughts?

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig December 3, 2014 - 10:36am

Just "hands." Even if this were science fiction and some characters had eight hands, if the particular character is human/humanoid "hands" tells us what we need to know.

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Redd Tramp from Los Angeles, CA is reading Mongrels by SGJ; Sacred and Immoral: On the Writings of Chuck Palahniuk; The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault December 3, 2014 - 2:20pm

Yeah, I guess that's true. Fair enough. Hands it is.

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal December 3, 2014 - 6:52pm

agreed

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Redd Tramp from Los Angeles, CA is reading Mongrels by SGJ; Sacred and Immoral: On the Writings of Chuck Palahniuk; The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault December 4, 2014 - 10:21am

Good stuff. Thanks for the input guys. I feel better about it.

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Keiri LaPrade from Virginia is reading Beowulf December 6, 2014 - 2:59pm

If you feel like it needs an adjective you could always describe what kind of hands.  (Strong, aged, softe etc.)

Though, hands is just fine as it is.  

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Redd Tramp from Los Angeles, CA is reading Mongrels by SGJ; Sacred and Immoral: On the Writings of Chuck Palahniuk; The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault December 6, 2014 - 5:57pm

Yeah, I say that the clown presses his white hands over his painted mouth and laughs with his eyes closed. I think that's enough description for the hands.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated December 13, 2014 - 4:11am

Unless the owner of the hands has more than two, and the others are doing something important.  Sci fi like Renee said, or horror for a three handed clown.