After lessons, she would walk away muttering to herself

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germanictamoon

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Hindi (West Uttar Pradesh)
Hi all.
This is a sentence from 'Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief' by Rick Riordan.

After lessons, she would walk away muttering to herself.

Context: Annabeth still taught me Greek in the mornings, but she seemed distracted. Every time I said something, she scowled at me, as if I'd just poked her between the eyes. After lessons, she would walk away muttering to herself.

I want to know about the use of 'would' here.

Has 'would' been used here to tell the habitual past action? But it seems it's not a habitual past activity according to the context, because as per narrative it's in the present. and also it is not a habitual action (once, twice, thrice or a few times, she may hove gone like that).

If not used in the sense of 'habitual past activity', which sense has 'would' been used here?

Thank you very much.
 
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