This is about a misleading text, written 100 years ago, that can be interpreted in various ways. It was written to please everybody.
W. Thompson devised his article in such a way that each reader understand what he or she wanted.
Is the above sentence correct? If not what is the right form of it?
The problem is that W. Thomson just tried to fool his readers. We do not know if they fell in his trap. If I use "understood", it means that his trick succeed and each reader understood what he wanted and all were happy. What is an idiomatic way to express that readers may be fooled in the present even though the article was written a long time ago?