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In a medieval background, a rich man is thought to be guilty of piracy. The city he lives in punishes this practice and as a result, the man ends up in poverty after trial and all sort of humiliations. His enemies send servants hunting and harrying him in the streets to provide feast-table amusement.
And now the sentence I'm not quite sure to understand:
He'd heard of their doing so before with House Este breaking the fingers of a lone, blinded old man one by one as months passed, purely for cruel sport.
Is this paragraph saying:
"He'd heard about the servants reporting at the master's table before breaking the fingers of a lone, blinded old man, one each month, purely for cruel sport. They did this practice with the help of House Este."
What do you say? Am I wrong?
Last edited by Bushwhacker; 25-Nov-2009 at 16:12.
What worries me is the exact meaning of this paragraph which has no punctuation which makes all it more confusing.
Wouldn't be possible to understand the paragraph as:
He'd heard before suffering the punishment that this same humiliation was made over one of the House Este. They (now the enemies of the Estes and probably the same ones to him) broke the fingers of a lone blinded old man (this man being an Este), one by one as month passed, purely for cruel sport.
What do you think? Can this paragraph be understood this way?
Last edited by Bushwhacker; 26-Nov-2009 at 18:44.