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For Mrs. Bennet, a woman's worth is determined not by what she is but by what her husband has, and it would be a great shame If any of her daughters should remain single.

Why the word "should" put in the sentence ? What's that means?

  • Replace with "were to", does that give you more insight? – CrossRoads Oct 26 '18 at 18:14
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"Should" can be used to express a conditional meaning or possibility: If any of her daughters were to remain single, as CrossRoads says, it would be a shame.

3 formal (expressing the conditional mood) referring to a possible event or situation.

‘if you should change your mind, I'll be at the hotel’ ‘should anyone arrive late, admission is likely to be refused’

Should (Oxford Dictionaries)

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