which might well console him for the ignorance in which the weatherbeaten sign left him as to the...

MubashirAmin

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Urdu & English
This is from Adam Bede, 2nd chapter, The Preaching... and i am not understanding this from "the weatherbeaten sign left him as to the heraldic bearings of that ancient family".



The Donnithorne Arms stood at the entrance of the village, and a small farmyard and stackyard which flanked it, indicating that there was a pretty take of land attached to the inn, gave the traveller a promise of good feed for himself and his horse, which might well console him for the ignorance in which the weatherbeaten sign left him as to the heraldic bearings of that ancient family, the Donnithornes.
 
  • joanvillafane

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    U.S. English
    The weatherbeaten sign (presumably with the name of the inn painted on it) left him in ignorance about the signs of heraldry (signs and symbols on the coats of arms of noble families) of the family. Because the sign was worn out and probably faded, the heraldic signs were not legible. (I don't remember the story - is the family really a noble family? Was it at one time?)
     
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