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    Gild a new decay with splendour ...

    Hello,

    Can anybody tell me what the bold text means?

    "Of course," said a famous lecturer - he of the French Revolution, who gilded each new decay with splendour - "of
    course we shall not press our complaints now. The Mending Apparatus has treated us so well in the past that we all sympathize with it, and will wait patiently for its recovery."

    E.M.Foster, The Machine Stops, 1911

    Thanks

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    Re: Gild a new decay with splendour ...

    As things got worse, he would try to conceal the facts by trying to make them look better.

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