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Трудности перевода: will + was

Modestly, I will admit the disguise was a screaming success.

Какую роль здесь играет will?

Контекст:
"Aahz and I had decided early in our stay that the best way to handle unwanted guests was not to threaten them or frighten them away, but rather to be so repulsive that they left of their own accord. To this end, I had slowly devised a disguise designed to convince strangers they did not want to be in the same inn with me, no matter how large the inn was or how many other people were there. In this disguise, I would greet wayward travelers as the proprietor of the inn.
Modestly, I will admit the disguise was a screaming success. In fact, that was the specific reaction many visitors had to it. Some screamed, some looked ill, others sketched various religious symbols in the air between themselves and me. None of them elected to spend the night."

Myth Conceptions, начало второй главы: http://www.e-reading.club/bookreader.php/71495/Asprin_02_M.Y.T.H._Conceptions.html

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