The following quotation is from Anthony Trollope's The Small House at Allington:
But it seems as though she will be so far separated from us. It is not the distance, but the manner of life which makes the separation. I hope you'll never be taken so far from me.
The expressions it seems and as though both indicate or give the impression of something that is uncertain, irreal or hypothetical, that is, is not palpable or tangible.
On the other hand will indicates a strong likelihood or certainty, yet they are coupled together.
The whole thing puzzles me, I just can't understand the way they are doing properly their jobs in the sentence in question.
If I were to write that sentence I would probably use would instead of will but I'm not sure of both the author's reasons and if my suggestion might be correct.
Would you please throw some light on this so as to help me understand it?