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    Default Does ‘should’ be omitted, as in the case?

    “What is all this?” demanded another voice peremptorily; and Mrs. Reed came along the corridor, her cap flying wide, her gown rustling stormily. “Abbot and Bessie, I believe I gave orders that Jane Eyre should be left in the red-room till I came to her myself.”(Jane Eyre)

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    (1) What’s the meaning of ‘wide’?
    (2) Does ‘should’ be omitted, as in the case: ‘The king commanded that all the people [should] be assembled at once.’

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    Default Re: Does ‘should’ be omitted, as in the case?

    Quote Originally Posted by eipjoo View Post
    “What is all this?” demanded another voice peremptorily; and Mrs. Reed came along the corridor, her cap flying wide, her gown rustling stormily. “Abbot and Bessie, I believe I gave orders that Jane Eyre should be left in the red-room till I came to her myself.”(Jane Eyre)

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    (1) What’s the meaning of ‘wide’?
    (2) Should/Could ‘should’ be omitted, as in the case: ‘The king commanded that all the people [should] be assembled at once.’
    Yes, should could be omitted there. But that's how Bronte wrote it so, no, it shouldn't be omitted.
    A cap flying wide must be a cap that has things on it, like straps, or extensions that cover the ears that can fly up and out.


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