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    Should still

    Below is a paragraph from Out of Africa by Isak Dinensen,

    "It was an impressive and formidable thing that Old Knudsen’s soul should still,—after his long hard life, and when he had at last, so to say, been washed into a quiet creek where he might have lain with his sails slacked,—cry out for opposition and adversity, like the soul of a boy. It made me respect it, as the soul of a Berserk."

    May any teacher tells me what is meaning of "should" there. In case I removed "should", It seems that the meaning is unchanged. Please help me out. Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: Should still

    "... soul should still cry out..." means a similar thing to "... soul still cries out ...", but the latter is inferior.

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    Re: Should still

    Thanks Mr. Raymott for your explanation. I would like to clarify another point in above paragraph.

    In the above paragraph, "cry out" means "shout loudly". Should I remove "for" from "cry out for" as the "cry out for" means "need sth very much". Certainly no one needs adversity very much!.

    Please help me out

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    Re: Should still

    If you remove "for", it won't make sense.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 09-Mar-2016 at 10:52.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #5

    Re: Should still

    Quote Originally Posted by Sukhomvit View Post
    Certainly no one needs adversity very much!.
    'Adversity makes us better people with stronger characters.'── quoted from http://chriswidener.com/embracing-ad...r-achievement/
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Should still

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'Adversity makes us better people with stronger characters.'── quoted from http://chriswidener.com/embracing-ad...r-achievement/
    People writing that sort of thing really should remember that adversity only strengthens those who survive it. Depending on its magnitude, it may kill most people who suffer from it.
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