zoals de waard is...

SimoneW

Member
dutch, the netherlands
Hi everyone,

How would you translate the dutch proverb "zoals de waard is, vertrouwt hij zijn gasten"?

thanks in advance.
Simone
 
  • hapax legomenon

    New Member
    Hungary
    Waard doesn't mean "worth" here, but the "ward" (=guardian) of a tavern, i.e. an "innkeeper".

    "As the innkeeper himself is, so he trusts his guests" = the extent to which the innkeeper trusts his guests reflects more on his own trustworthiness than on that of his guests.
     
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