to regain her good opinion if he would secure

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SuprunP

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'[...] She's bad enough for anything.'
'Pennyways, mind who you are talking to.'

[...]
Pennyways now felt himself to be in something of a difficulty, for should Bathsheba and Troy become reconciled it would be necessary to regain her [Bathsheba's] good opinion if he would secure the patronage of her husband [Troy].
[Pennyways to Troy:] 'I sometimes think she likes you yet, and is a good woman at bottom,' he said, as a saving sentence.
(T. Hardy; Far from the Madding Crowd)

Would you be so kind as to tell me whether it means: 'to express a good opinion of her would be necessary if he wanted to secure the patronage of her husband'?

Thanks.
 
  • ewie

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    It means Bathsheba would have to go back to thinking well of Pennyways in order for him [Pennyways] to be able to secure Troy's patronage.

    her good opinion [of him] = 'the kindly feelings she has [about him]':)
     

    SuprunP

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    Thank you ewie!

    (I think it is my not really understanding how Pennyways' saying something to her [Bathsheba's] husband would change Bathsheba's opinion of Pennyways was why I was slightly averse to reading it as you did.)
     
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