e were much about the latitude of the Cape of Good Hope,

enkidu68

Senior Member
turkish
Hi folks,
this is coming from novel named "Captain Singleton" by Defoe.


We then considered what we should do to get back again to Madagascar.
We were much about the latitude of the Cape of Good Hope, but had such a very long run, and were neither sure of meeting with fair winds nor with
any land in the way, that we knew not what to think of it. William
was our last resort in this case again, and he was very plain with us.
(MY question: much about means we are very near?? or we wanted to arrive it much)
 
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    We were much about the latitude
    We were more or less on the same latitude as the Cape of Good Hope.

    The words "much about the latitude" by themselves don't suggest that they were near the Cape of Good Hope though the sentence as a whole does seem to imply that. Being on the same latitude only means that you are directly east or west of some place but not near it. You could be on the other side of the world and on the same latitude.
     
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