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たえ子が入っていったのはジュエリーの有名店である。高級店のたたずまいに怖じ気づきつつ、たえ子続く。

(from the book おまえじゃなきゃだめなんだ.)

I understand this sentence as

The store Taeko entered was a famous jewelry store, and while she was intimidated by the fancy shop, たえ子に続く.

I don't get the last part, whether it means "she went on" or something else because に denotes a place at which something is or a direction towards something, so shouldn't it be たえ子がつづく? 

  • To add a bit to the existing answer - in a sentence with conjunction つつ used for synchronous action, the (implied) agent must be the same. So the one who was afraid was the speaker. – user9771 May 11 '15 at 14:22
  • @user9771 thank you, is つつ always interchangeable with ながら? and since it's "although I was intimidated, I followed her into the store", can つつalso mean "although" instead of "while"? Why didn't they use つつも? – lettuce May 11 '15 at 14:31
  • I'm not qualified to fully answer your first question, but my textbook claims that "the concessive meaning of a statement made with つつ is more formal and neutral than a statement made with ながら" – user9771 May 11 '15 at 15:40
  • @lettuce They aren't always interchangeable; for example, I think 我ながら can't be rewritten as *我つつ, and 読みつつある can't be rewritten as *読みながらある. As for your question, I think つつ is more commonly 'while' but can occasionally have the 'although' meaning (Martin 1975 has examples on p.417-8). As you can see, the difference between つつ and ながら is relatively complicated, so why not ask it as a separate question? – snailboat May 11 '15 at 22:57
  • @lettuce Etymologically つつ meant "continue to" and ながら meant somewhat like "on the other hand". I think this should explain why sometimes they're not interchangeable as snailboat said. – broccoli forest May 12 '15 at 11:39
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It needs to be 「たえ[子]{こ}[続]{つづ}く」 and not 「たえ子続く」.

「たえ子続く。」=「私たえ子続く。」

It means "I followed Taeko (into the store)."

「たえ子続く」 makes no sense because Taeko has already entered the store. Taeko cannot follow Taeko.

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