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In this sentence

そうして将校の部屋に行くべく木に登るものの、 窓まで伸びていた木の枝は切られてしまっている

The "の" is followed by a "," So my first guess of it being the feminine version of "よ" doesn't seem correct. Is there a place where it could mean "but?"

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This is a specific grammatical construction, where ものの is used after a verb. The basic meaning is "although, however, even though".

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