A far more melancholy abode


Senior Member
Hi everybody,
could you help me understand this sentence? It's written in old english (XVIII century), and I'm not sure about it. It's a passage describing the desolation after an earthquake.

"A far more melancholy abode than Lisbon cannot be conceived, nothing strikes the eye in the city but ruin and desolation..."

Thank you very much
  • Joelline

    Senior Member
    American English
    Hi liquorice,

    The words may be from the 18th century, but they are also quite modern. I would paraphrase the first part in this way: One cannot imagine a more melancholy place to live (or to be) than Lisbon.

    I hope this helps.