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How do I revise the following sentence?

There sat the unfortunate miller’s daughter, and for the life of her did not know what to do.

Please explain.

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The second part needs a clear subject.

eg There sat the unfortunate miller’s daughter, and for the life of her she did not know what to do.

The comma is optional. A comma (ie a pause) adds a little emphasis to what comes after it.


As written, it means the miller was unfortunate. Or do you mean the daughter was unfortunate?

Clive