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    "at least they should do so"

    "at least they should do so" What does that mean in the story? "they should rule the world"?

    ex)One morning, as he was on his way to Holland Park, where the Mertons lived, he dropped in to see a greatgriend of his, Alan Trevor. Trevor was a painter. Indeed, few people are not nowadays. But he was also an artist, and artists are rather rare. Personally he was a strange, rough fellow, with a freckled face and red, rough beard. However, when he took up the brush he was a real master, and his picture were eagerly sought after. He had been very much attracted by Hughie at first, it must be admitted, entierly on account of his personal charm. "The only people a painter should know," he used to say, "are people who are beautiful, people who are an artistic pleasure to look at, and restful to talk to. Men who are well-dressed and women who are lovely rule the world——at least they should do so." However, after he got to know Hughie better, he like him quite as much for his bright, cheerful spirits, and his generous, careless nature, and had asked him to come to his studio whenever he liked.
    "at least they should do so" What does that mean in the story? "at least they should rule the world"?

    ex)One morning, as he was on his way to Holland Park, where the Mertons lived, he dropped in to see a greatgriend of his, Alan Trevor. Trevor was a painter. Indeed, few people are not nowadays. But he was also an artist, and artists are rather rare. Personally he was a strange, rough fellow, with a freckled face and red, rough beard. However, when he took up the brush he was a real master, and his picture were eagerly sought after. He had been very much attracted by Hughie at first, it must be admitted, entierly on account of his personal charm. "The only people a painter should know," he used to say, "are people who are beautiful, people who are an artistic pleasure to look at, and restful to talk to. Men who are well-dressed and women who are lovely rule the world——at least they should do so." However, after he got to know Hughie better, he like him quite as much for his bright, cheerful spirits, and his generous, careless nature, and had asked him to come to his studio whenever he liked.
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    Re: "at least they should do so" What does that mean in the story?

    Here, "at least they should do so" means they ought to.
    Ought is a modal verb. ( 3rd sing. present and past ought |ɔt|) [with infinitive ]
    1 used to indicate duty or correctness, typically when criticizing someone's actions : they ought to respect the law | it ought not to be allowed.
    • used to indicate a desirable or expected state : he ought to be able to take the initiative.
    • used to give or ask advice : you ought to go.
    2 used to indicate something that is probable : five minutes ought to be enough time.

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    Re: "at least they should do so" What does that mean in the story?

    And the 'at least' suggests that they don't always.

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