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    Cool Another complex paragraph

    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?
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    Re: Another complex paragraph

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    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 of the House Este before breaking the fingers of a lone, blinded old man, one each month, purely for cruel sport."


    What do you say? Am I wrong?
    Yes, you're basically right. It doesn't necessarily mean one finger a month, but that's possible.

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    Cool Re: Another complex paragraph

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, you're basically right. It doesn't necessarily mean one finger a month, but that's possible.
    I see you crossed out the servants reporting at the master's table.

    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?

    Thanks
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    Re: Another complex paragraph

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    I see you crossed out the servants reporting at the master's table.

    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?

    Thanks
    Yes, that's what it means. I thought you were asking for a proper way to paraphrase it in English.

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