I’ve just started reading Colson Whitehead‘s Intuitionist and found this.
Big Billy Porter is one of the Old Dogs, and proud of it. On many occasions Lila Mae has returned to the Pit from an errand only to hear Big Billy Porter regaling the boys about the glory days of the Guild, before. While his comments are never specific, it is clear to everyone just what and who Big Billy is referring to in his croaking, muddy voice.
I’m having a problem interpreting the meaning the bolded “before” here.
Could this mean “the glory days of the Guild”? Or does it mean “before” Lila Mae has returned to the Pit from an errand?