Led by the guards, Esmeralda hobbled back to the courtroom. Djali’s heartbroken bleating echoed her sorrow. “So, you’ve confessed!” the judge exclaimed. “Good! Within two months, you will be taken to the Cathedral of Notre Dame. There you will beg for the forgiveness of your soul. At noon of the same day, you will be taken to the city gallows—along with your goat. Both of you shall be hanged by the neck until dead. May God have mercy on your soul.” “Oh, this must be a dream,” the horrified girl cried out. Rough hands pulled her away. Soon she lay in the dungeon, shivering in the darkness, not knowing whether it was day or night. Drops of rainwater fell on the floor from the cracked ceiling. Esmeralda’s cell was cold, dark, and damp. She had not a single blanket to keep her warm.

Does it mean: after two months?

or does it mean: one day during following two months?

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    I think it means at some point during this period of two months.... Commented Feb 8, 2019 at 8:12

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"within two months" means one day during following two months. "Within" means inside or not further than an area or period of time.

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