An assistant is talking about how they are reminded of their time being Margret's assistant when they come back to her old room. I can't figure out how to parse のでしょうか. It doesn't seem like they are asking a question. It reads like a statement with のでしょうか tagged onto the end.



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It is a question addressed to the speaker themselves. The question marker か adds a sense of uncertainty to the corresponding verb, 戻ってしまう. The の before でしょう is an explanatory-no, but 戻ってしまう is serving as a reason of the next sentence.


Walking down the corridor and standing in front of the Director's room — is this because I find myself slipping back into the time when I was in service to the former Director, Lady Margret? — I still find it strange to ring the bell myself in front of the Director's room.

As shown above, you may think these two sentences are fundamentally one big sentence, where the か-clause is serving as a reason of the following part.


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