Hello, Rachel and Richard:
Do you feel that the woulds in the middle section here make sense? I mean, all this is in the past.
I'd have expected did instead, thus an indicative, not a subjunctive mood.
The got bit shows that the whole story took place in its entirety.
[This guy pretends he can survive with venomous snakes around him]
"They found a public notary who said he would certify a document that said that Orest Mercator spent so many days incarcerated with these venoumous reptiles blah blah blah."
"Where would they find a large glass cage in Watertown?"
"What would they find?"
"A room in the only hotel. Plus there were only three snakes. And he got bit in four minutes."
DeLillo, White Noise, p. 296