he wicked art of thieving that I became his scholar.

enkidu68

Senior Member
turkish
Hi everyone, this is from Colonel Jack by Defoe.
Does “I became his scholar” mean I became his student in that wicked art of stealing?

He was an eminent pickpocket, and very dexterous at ladies' gold watches; but he generally pushed higher at such desperate things as these; and he came off the cleanest and with the greatest success imaginable; and it was in these kinds of the wicked art of thieving that I became his scholar.
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It means that he learnt the tricks of the trade from that pickpocket, but especially how to steal the more valuable items such as gold watches.
     
    < Previous | Next >
    Top