Some question about a sentence in the book Never Let Me go

I was stuck in Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Because she said she’d a good mind to talk about it herself.

I understand the sentence but never read this form, does the ‘d mean would? Even so could you explain me this usecase?
Also how do you read it outloud ? I guess she would a good mind but it doesn’t feel natural to me.

Thanks

Bonus:

… and explain why it was we went

Shouldn’t be why we went or why we did go ?

Answer

It abbreviates the word had.

So the expanded sentence reads

Because she said she had a good mind to talk about it herself.


The text in the bonus question is a bit wordy, but not incorrect, and your first version works well

… and explain why we went …

But your second suggestion “… and explain why we did go” is ungrammatical.

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Source : Link , Question Author : Mobidi , Answer Author : Weather Vane

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