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    evading any attempt to press him into service

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    The General had his own man, a shrivelled, shuffling little fellow called Washbrook, who saw to all his master’s needs with a surly efficiency and spent the rest of his time evading any attempt to press him into other service.



    Does it mean that the general wanted him to do something for him and he tried not to do it or maybe it means that Washbrook tried to evade any situations during the day so as not to be pressed into service by his master?

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    Re: evading any attempt to press him into service

    Not a teacher

    In my opinion Washbrook did his best not to be transferred to another duty, because he was quite happy with going on serving the general.

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    Re: evading any attempt to press him into service

    By the way, does "surly efficiency" just mean that he was surly, but nevertheless he saw to all his master's needs?

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    Re: evading any attempt to press him into service

    Yes. In my opinion.

    M.

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    Re: evading any attempt to press him into service

    I believe he took good care of the general, but avoided doing any other type of work at all.
    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.

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