" did light on the thatch "
As i am not good in english as such.So, please let me know the meanings of this phrase.I would like to learn english as well so i need a teacher who can teach me from elementray level to advanced well this forum is also helpful for me but i want to learn in a proper and sequential manner rather than random.plz tell the meaning of this phrase as i have to explain someone.
'... Now King Henry making a Masque at the Cardinal Wolsey's house, and certain cannons being shot off at his entry, some of the paper or other stuff, wherewith one of them was stopped, did light on the thatch, where being thought at first but idle smoak, and their eyes more attentive to the show, it kindled inwardly, and ran round like a train, consuming within less than an hour the whole house to the very ground. '
It's interesting (and possibly misleading to a present-day student) that 'light' in that account does not mean 'set fire to' (as it can do today) but 'land'.
>VERB: To come to rest on the ground: alight1, land, set down, settle, touch down
light2. Rogets II: The New Thesaurus, Third Edition. 1995.
Last edited by BobK; 31-Mar-2007 at 18:40.
Thaaaaaaaaanx a lot Andrew and those who replied.
now, i got it.