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Why the imparfait in "il ne voulait plus y mettre les pieds"?

The imperfect (indicatif imparfait) is used to explain several situations in one verb: to explain ongoing or habitual actions in the past, as well as to set the scene or provide background information....
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Why the imparfait in "il ne voulait plus y mettre les pieds"?

Don't focus on the reported speech thing. What you need to understand is Luc has no option but to attend the mayor's party when he is invited to do it. He was invited in the past and both A and B know ...
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"Il voulait que ce frisson cessât de courir sur sa peau."

L'imparfait du subjonctif est correctement utilisé ici, vouloir étant conjugué au passé (imparfait de l'indicatif). Il s'agit cependant d'un usage littéraire (très) soutenu et on ne lit plus guère ...
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