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Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?
At this minute the father of the family walked in, rattling his seals like a true British merchant.
rattling = clanking
Thank you for your efforts.
Last edited by Jack8rkin; 01-Sep-2010 at 13:28.
In my humble opinion the most probable meaning of the term in question is the classical one.
seal = a device incised to make an impression; used to secure a closing or to authenticate documents
I assume that the merchants in the mentioned old times was carrying their seals hooked on their belts. So they were something like mobile offices.
Rattling does equal clanking, though rattling means a higher pitch and a higher frequency. For example, change in your pocket might rattle, but two swords in a swordfight might clank very second or two.
I remember as a kid in Germany buying 90 minute blank cassettes that boasted of "kristallklarischeklange"!!! Thanks for reminding me of that.