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主に新たな話の種を見つけて。

zuotengdazuo

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まあ、確かに目を輝かせていたけれども。主に新たな話の種を見つけて

Hi. Could you explain why the underlined is 見つけて instead of 見つけていた?
Is it some kind of omission?
Thank you.

By the way, if the は in red is contrastive は, what does the は imply?
 

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That's an inversion.

主に新たな話の種を見つけて、目を輝かせてはいたけれども。

By the way, if the は in red is contrastive は, what does the は imply?
It depends on the context what in contrast is.
 
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