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flylikeeagle
Posted: Monday, December 31, 2018 1:44:39 AM

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In H. G. Wells' short story, "the Cone", I read this:
"And out upon the narrow rail that overhung the furnace, Raut's doubts came upon him again. Was it wise to be here? If Horrocks did know everything! Do what he would, he could not resist a violent trembling."

What does "Do what he would" mean in this context? Does it mean "let him do what he wants"?!!!
thar
Posted: Monday, December 31, 2018 4:10:32 AM

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No, this is about his intent.

'would' is past tense of 'will' showing intent.

what = whatever

so
he tried every way to resist trembling, but he couldn't.



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