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In White Peacock, by D.H Lawrence, last chapter, there is a part where a woman is describing her life with her religious husband whom she abhors. she tells something about the dinner table I do not get the whole idea:

When I see Percival Charles at dinner, after having asked a blessing, I feel as if I should never touch a bit at his table again. In about an hour I shall hear him hurrying up the entry—prayers always make him hungry—and his first look will be on the table.

I gather her husband at table, asks for blessing, but why does he return an hour later with his eye on the table, and why does she have SCRUPLES?
  • Myridon

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    English - US
    The first sentence is a general statement about what happens whenever she sees him at dinner. That's why the sentence is in present tense - something that is recurring or habitual.
    The second sentence is about a specific event that will happen about an hour from now. This sentence is in future tense.
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