Mark I think we all agree. In post #12 I stated pointing the dome toward the light source makes sense when using slides, or digital. That's because in that case one undergoes a serious risk, in such a situation, to burn the highlights and make a mess of the scene.
When using negatives one has a lot of spare room toward the highlights. Actually in a situation like that of the original post, if using a negative that I know has a lot of dynamic range I might even point the light meter at the camera and then open one stop, or more, to try to recover more shadows, or more probably just place the meter in an important shade zone, pointing it toward the camera, and use that value as is. With many negatives burning highlights is not easy even if done intentionally.
Also in post #12 I said that in that situation I think a negative could have been printed with less contrast and probably more details both in shadows and highlights. But I am not a printer so this is just an opinion based on what I see around. The printer presumably wanted that high-contrast rendering of the scene.