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    Talking That he should come to me for help

    "That he should come to me for help, and that I should send him away to his death -- !"


    While reading Sherlock Holmes 'Orange Pips', I found the sentence above, which I don't understand exactly what it means.
    In the story, after SH advised his client, he read on the newspaper that his poor client had found dead but he believed the client had been killed.
    Under that situation, is SH saying that his client should't have come to him?
    Thanks everyone in advance!
    Last edited by finwing; 11-Jul-2014 at 13:39.

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    #2

    Re: what dose this sentence mean?

    This sentence is incorrect. Did you transcribe it correctly?

    In the story, SH advised his client only to read on the newspaper that the poor client had found dead.

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    #3

    Re: what dose this sentence mean?

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    "That he should come to me for help, and that I should send him away to his death -- !"
    Is SH saying that his client shouldn't have come to him, blaming himself?

    Without being familiar with the plot, here's what I think.
    In this case, "that" with the modal verb is a rather literary form expressing regret.
    It could be written as, "I regret that when he came to me for help, I sent him away to his death".
    Last edited by JMurray; 12-Jul-2014 at 02:37. Reason: punctuation

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    Re: what dose this sentence mean?

    finwing, a better title would have been That he should come to me for help.

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    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    #5

    Re: what dose this sentence mean?

    MikeNewYork
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    I made a mess. That one was written by me. Sorry for making you confused..

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    Re: what dose this sentence mean?

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    Thanks. I will.
    (I didn't know it's impossible to edit a title.)

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    Re: what dose this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by finwing View Post
    (I didn't know it's impossible to edit a title.)
    It's not impossible for a moderator.
    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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