a country lad

enkidu68

Senior Member
turkish
Hi folks, this is cited from Redburn by Hermann Melville (1849)
Q: Does Captain Riga compare country (rural areas?) boys to city boys? In other words, should I read a country lad as a person who lives in rural areas in this context?


"I hope he's a country lad, sir," said the captain to my friend, "these city boys are sometimes hard cases."
"Oh! yes, he's from the country," was the reply, "and of a highly respectable family; his great-uncle died a Senator."
 
  • S1m0n

    Senior Member
    English
    Yes, you should. In this, Melville posits that city boys are corrupt, or spoiled in some manor, and that rural boys are not.
     

    boozer

    Senior Member
    Bulgarian
    In other words, should I read a country lad as a person who lives in rural areas in this context?
    More appropriately, that would be a lad/boy who grew up in the country, as opposed to the city (you are right in that). The origin is what matters as it is suggestive of the general character of the person, and that is more important than where he lives now.
     
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