At the age of 80 my mother had her last bad fall, and after that her mind wandered free through time.'' With this graceful yet unsettling sentence, Russell Baker, the humorist and New York Times columnist, opens his memoir, "Growing Up."
- Her mind wandered free through time.
- Her mind wandered freely through time.
First, in sentence #1, is free adjective or adverb?
Second, is #2 possible? For a native speaker, is #2 also natural? (In our language #2 is more natural (but we are not native speaker), we have been discussing this sentence in here.) If not, why is 'freely' impossible?
Third, in dictionary 'free' is both adjective and adverb. So, what is difference free (the adverb) and freely?