She was still crying when she suddenly noticed Gabriel Oak, who had come up the path on his way to the church,and was watching her sympathetically. What is the meaning of the sentence above?

  • Are you sure this isn't "come up that path"?
    – kandyman
    Commented Jul 10, 2020 at 18:40
  • yes my mistake ,it is ''come up that path''
    – ullas84
    Commented Jul 10, 2020 at 18:46
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    Please provide source for the quote. Also try to explain why this sentence or phrase is hard to understand
    – James K
    Commented Jul 10, 2020 at 19:54
  • @JamesK Gabriel Oak is a character in Far from the Madding Crowd. Commented Jul 11, 2020 at 8:06
  • @KateBunting I know. I was asking to remind the OP to include the information.
    – James K
    Commented Jul 11, 2020 at 8:22

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"come up the path" basically means that, from the perspective of the speaker, someone has approached from the far end of a path towards the near end of the path. With a church, there is often a path that leads to the entrance.

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