Hello. I am really confuse about the meaning of "the seats of learning."
Do you think "learning" could mean "the museum" in this case?" I mean, "the seat of learning = "the seats for people who want to go to the museum." Please help! Thank you.
These sentences are from a children's novel. (It is a magical fantasy for children like Harry Potter.)
Archie and Bramble want to go to the museum of magical miscellany. They are in the secret cafe.
To enter the museum, they need to drink motion potion and sit on certain seats. (Archi is a newbie.)
The room was busy but Archie spotted two empty seats at a table. He sat down.
"I wouldn' sit there if I were you,' cautioned Bramble. "I mean, unless you want to go to the lost books section. T
hese are the seats of learning. Different seats take you to different part of the museum."
"Oh," said Archie. "How can you tell which ones go where?"
"Well, you can't really unless you know, so it's best not to sit down at first. The seats of learning are a bit unpredictable at the best of times." /
They ordered a couple of hot chocolates and sat down in two battered armchairs that weren't seats of learning. /
Archie held his bag on his lap and fastened his seat belt. He eyes his mug uncertainly. "Are you sure about this? You said the seats of learning can be unstable unless you have the right motion potion."
A seat of learning normally refers to a university, especially one of the great ones. Here, in some sort of play on words, they are actual seats that transport you round the museum.