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Why do two verbs appear here and what are the two respective “le” referring to?

This sentence is perfectly correct. Both le refer to monsieur Grandet, it is a personal object pronoun, each time it is object of the voyait that is just after.

The subject of both voyait is qui. Qui is here a relative pronoun used with an ellipsis of the word it refers to. It could be read as la personne qui le voyait aujourd’hui or celui qui le voyait aujourd’hui. Quiconque could also be used instead of qui here.*

A parallel is drawn to show there are two similar actions (hence two verbs) with different time phrases: aujourd’hui and since 1791.

*In English you would use “who” or “whoever” in the same way.

You can see that there are two verbs “voyait” after “qui”, why?

The first one is part of the subject (proposition subordonnée) while the second one is the main verb in the sentence.

Here is a (poor) translation:

“Those who were seeing him on that day were seeing him like he was since 1791.”

Is the sentence grammatically right?

Sure, you shouldn’t suspect grammatical mistakes in literature masterpieces.

What are the two respective “le” referring to?

Monsieur Grandet


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