"This person—a gray-headed man, of quiet and most respectful deportment—found it necessary to explain that his master still remained in his study, or private apartment; on entering which, an hour before, he had expressed a wish on no account to be disturbed."

"on entering which, an hour before, he had expressed a wish on no account to be disturbed." This part seems confusing to me? Can you parse it

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    If you are quoting something, please please please include a link to the source in your question. Not only does it allow us to look at the quote at the place you found it, but it helps us look at surrounding context. – Alan Carmack Sep 23 '16 at 1:54
  • @HUN In addition to including a link to Hawthorne's work, as Alan says, you should tell us what it is that confuses you. Is there a word or phrase that you don't understand? You probably do know what he had expressed a wish means; tell us what you don't understand. – P. E. Dant Sep 23 '16 at 4:44
  • I get confused with "on entering which", what's another way to say this. – HUN Sep 23 '16 at 5:02
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    See the answer below: the referent of which is apartment in the previous clause. Read the clause as: on entering the apartment, he had expressed... (Do you know how to add a link to the source in your question?) – P. E. Dant Sep 23 '16 at 5:11
  • "Jimmy Crack Corn, and I don't care, My master's gone away." – Tom Au Sep 23 '16 at 5:23

"On entering which [the apartment] an hour before, he [the master] had expressed a wish [that he should] on no account to [under no circumstances] be disturbed."

Thus reworked, the sentence reads, "On entering the apartment an hour before, the master had expressed a wish that he should under no circumstances be disturbed."

  • account in this case means explanation or description? – HUN Sep 23 '16 at 5:08
  • @HUN: "On no account" in this context, means "under no circumstances. – Tom Au Sep 23 '16 at 5:18

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