# along the turf-grown side of a level stretch of road

#### sunnyseason

##### Senior Member
Hi,
I would be very grateful if you could help me with this sentence.I have some difficulty understanding this sentence (short story from Saki, "THE HOUNDS OF FATE")

“Talk of beggars on horseback,” thought Stoner to himself, as he trotted rapidly along the muddy lanes where he had tramped yesterday as a down-at-heel outcast; and then he flung reflection indolently aside and gave himself up to the pleasure of a smart canter along the turf-grown side of a level stretch of road. At an open gateway he checked his pace to allow two carts to turn into a field. The lads driving the carts found time to give him a prolonged stare, and as he passed on he heard an excited voice call out, “‘Tis Tom Prike! I knowed him at once; showing hisself here agen, is he?”

What does "along" mean in this case?
Does Stoner trotted on the turf-grown side or the side of the turf-grown side?
What is "a level stretch of road"?

• #### PaulQ

##### Banned
along is a preposition = for a distance on

the pleasure of a smart canter along the turf-grown side of a level stretch of road. = the pleasure of a smart canter for a distance on the turf-grown side of a level stretch of road.

#### sunnyseason

##### Senior Member
Thanks, PaulQ

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