foolish golden visions

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enkidu68

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turkish
Hi folks, this is cited from Redburn by Hermann Melville (1849)
Question: What does “foolish golden visions” mean? Vain hope?


And in the delirium of the moment, I began to indulge in foolish golden visions of the counts and countesses to whom Harry might introduce me; and every instant I expected to hear the waiters addressing some gentleman as "My Lord," or "four Grace." (it must be your Grace, I think, it’s a typo) But (even?) if there were really any lords present, the waiters omitted their titles, at least in my hearing.
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    I would say that it is closer to
    I began to allow myself to foolishly imagine counts and countesses to whom Harry might introduce me;

    I don't think there were any genuinely direct hopes.
     
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