Re: what does this mean, "After their different fashions"?
Hi bajabero, and welcome to the forums. (5jj usually does, using the icon, so I beat him to it.)
Thank you for making your first post one that:
1) Had a good title
2) Gave enough context
3) Was properly punctuated - though a few capital letters would have made it better.
It's nice that you took the time to say thank you, but you can also just click the "like" link in the lower right corner. That tells us that you read the reply, and if if you don't post to the thread after that, we know you have no further questions.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.