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    Cool make one's mark

    Given this sentence, in which some characters have entered a stockyard out of the city:

    He and his escort circled lowing cattle and gibbering sheep, and watched where they stepped, for the livestock had made their mark on the streets of the city.

    I don't quite understand had made their mark on the streets of the city

    It seems they are watchful because of the excrements of the cattle, but why the sentence says on the streets of the city taking into account they are out, in the stockyards, which makes sense be watchful with excrements?

    Perhaps I'm completely wrong and marks is referring to another thing.

    Any help very appreciated
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    Re: make one's mark

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    Given this sentence, in which some characters have entered a stockyard out of the city:

    He and his escort circled lowing cattle and gibbering sheep, and watched where they stepped, for the livestock had made their mark on the streets of the city.

    I don't quite understand had made their mark on the streets of the city

    It seems they are watchful because of the excrements of the cattle, but why the sentence says on the streets of the city taking into account they are out, in the stockyards, which makes sense be watchful with excrements?

    Perhaps I'm completely wrong and marks is referring to another thing.

    Any help very appreciated
    It's just badly written, if they are in the stockyards there is no reason to write about watching their step on the streets of the city.

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