dignity of a July morning


Another question about Aldo Leopold's "A Sand County Almanac": I can't figure out why the author uses the phrase "dignity of a July morning" when he says that "Like other great landowners, I have tenants. They are negligent about rents, but very punctilious about tenures. Indeed at every daybreak from April to July they proclaim their boundaries to each other, and so acknowledge, at least by inference, their fiefdom to me. This daily ceremony, contrary to what you might suppose, begins with the utmost decorum. Who originally laid down its protocols I do not know. At 3:30 a.m., with such dignity as I can muster of a July morning, I step from my cabin door, bearing in either hand my emblems of sovereignty, a coffee pot and notebook..." The dignity should be mine, but why dignity of a July morning? Thank you.
  • pob14

    Senior Member
    American English
    "Of a July morning" is a colloquialism for "on a [typical] July morning." It may be regional; I'm not sure. I don't hear it as much as I used to.
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