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    wouldn't be warned


    One woman wrote a letter to another warning her against something. Later that woman to whom she wrote a letter came to her house to talk to her and she told her:

    I tried to help you. When I wrote to you. What good
    did that do? You’re after me like a bloodhound, and you
    wouldn’t be warned.

    Why is she saying you "wouldn't" be warned? Is she saying "Don't tell me later I didn't warn you?"

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    Re: wouldn't be warned

    I'm not a teacher

    It seems it simply means "you refused to be warned" just as in I told her not to do it, but she wouldn't listen OR in:

    I wanted him to take over my examining work on Saturday, but he wouldn’t. (= he refused) BBC OR in:

    -I have loved you ever since I first saw you in this house.
    -Pip, I tried to warn you not to love me. But you wouldn't be warned. You thought I didn't mean it.
    Great Expectations - TCM - transcript

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