Hong Kong is traditionally a sought-after destination for domestic workers because of the relatively high wages offered, a guaranteed rest day once a week and other legal protections not offered in other places. But, says Rohyati, just two weeks into her job as a full-time, live-in maid, her employer's mother slapped her because the elderly woman, who spoke only Cantonese, was frustrated at being unable to communicate. Over the next two months, she says she was slapped, punched and choked by her boss as well. "I don't know why she hit me. At times she seemed to care about my welfare. She would ask if I was comfortable or had enough to eat," said Rohyati. "But she would suddenly turn violent. Maybe she was feeling overworked, or upset about still being single," she recalls from the safety of a shelter run by a charity.
She was told to go back to her previous job that they had provided for her? Is safety of a shelter correct? And why do they say "from"?
What time the does would refer to? A habitual action in the past? That is to say, was it her boss's habit in the past or now to ask if she had been comfortable?
When the girl says her boss that is a single woman and would turn violent, does it mean that there were regular times in the past that her boss had become angry? Or could it mean that her boss still might become angry?
Our assumption is that of course she is still her boss, but when we are talking about past and complete actions in the past, we usually use simple past, as used to or had been. What about the word would?