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    Neither or nor

    Does the work neither work here?

    Except for the two weeks every August during which the office closed, she had never taken a day off. She had even managed to give birth during those two weeks and be back at work the Monday the office reopened.NEITHER had she taken a lunch hour in more than fifty years. This indentured status was self-imposed.
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    Nope. I'd move that sentence to the tail of sentence #1 and eliminate the past perfect:

    Except for the two weeks every August during which the office closed, she never took a day off or a lunch hour in more than fifty years. She even managed to give birth during those two weeks and returned to work the Monday the office reopened. This indentured status was self-imposed.

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    Johns re-wording is better, but if you kept the structure as you wrote it, NOR would be the word, not NEITHER.

    Neither would be the first clause and nor the second, so in essence you would be saying "NEITHER had she done this, NOR had she done that."

    But, the way you wrote it was a little awkward.

    IME, if you are having difficulty fitting words into a sentence to make it right, then the sentence is structured incorrectly and it is time to delete and start again!

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