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    had the underlying message

    "The previous governess had taught them a prayer which included the hope that some god or other would take their soul if they died while they were asleep and, if Susan was any judge, had the underlying message that this would be a good thing."
    What is the subject for "had" in this sentence? I understand the meaning but I do not understand the structure of the last part of the sentence.

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    Re: had the underlying message

    The previous governess had taught them a prayer which includedthe hope that some god or other would take their soul if they died while they were asleep and, if Susan was any judge, (which) had the underlying message that this would be a good thing.[/QUOTE]

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