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    Pruffet had sent the girl word that Champ was to be expected, and that as the affair was very embarassing to him womanly pity should see to it that he should not be obliged to feel uncomfortable.

    Where does should belong to?


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    #2

    Re: Should

    The subject of the modal auxiliary "should" is "womanly pity," i.e., a woman's pity. That sentence means (among other things) that some woman pities Champ and will ensure that he [?champ?] won't feel uncomfortable.
    //I THINK this is what the sentence means.//

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    Re: Should

    Champ was to be expected what?

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    #4

    Re: Should

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    Champ was to be expected what?
    The girl was to expect Champ to come. = The girl should expect that Champ will come. = The girl should be ready for when Champ comes.
    If the girl expects Champ (to come), then Champ is expected (to come).
    If the man told her that Champ was to be expected, then she is to expect Champ, and so Champ is to be expected.
    Since we use back-shifting of tenses for reported speech, if Champ is to be expected, then "The man said that Champ was to be expected"

    The man: "Expect Champ."
    The man said that Champ was to be expected.

    Another example:
    He told me that Maria was to be welcomed. = He told me that Maria should be made (to feel) welcome. = He told me, "Maria is to be welcomed".

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    #5

    Re: Should

    And

    Her womanly pity should see to it that he should not be obliged to feel uncomfortable because the affair was very embarassing to him?

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    Re: Should

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    And

    Her womanly pity should see to it that he should not be obliged to feel uncomfortable because the affair was very embarassing to him?
    Because she is a woman (and women are expected to have a natural reserve of pity) she will probably make sure that he doesn't feel uncomfortable.

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    #7

    Re: Should

    As the affair was very embarassing to him...

    Because the affair was very embarassing to him... ?

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    #8

    Re: Should

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    As the affair was very embarassing to him...

    Because the affair was very embarassing to him... ?
    Yes, that's right here 'as' means 'because'.

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    Re: Should

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, that's right here 'as' means 'because'.
    So, my previous sentence was wrong?

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