"The entire village of X was disarmed of all sharp objects, even forks, and driven from their homes." I'm using this sentence in a paper. My friend claims that it is confusing or wrong because, read literally, it says that the village was driven from somewhere, but of course since a village in an inanimate thing it can't be driven anywhere. It seems to me that the term "village" can refer both to the physical object and to the people who reside in it, so there is no confusion. Who is right?