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    Sport among the trouts.

    Hello,

    I am not sure if I understand the bold text.

    "Now we would read ... when our morning´s sport among the trout was over."

    Does the author mean the guys had a morning bath in the lake or they technically angled with rod and hook?

    Aleister Crowley, The Drug, 1909

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    #2

    Re: Sport among the trouts.

    I would assume the former.

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    #3

    Re: Sport among the trouts.

    I would assume the latter. I don't consider a bath to be a sport.

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    #4

    Re: Sport among the trouts.

    not a teacher

    As this was written in 1909, I think that assuming a wider definition of "sport" than is now usual, is appropriate. The Oxford Dictionary has definitions that suggest casual amusement and entertainment, and includes "the children sported in the water" as an example for the verb. So I feel that the former is probably correct.
    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us..._english/sport

    p.s. Further context reveals that the latter is correct. See post #8.
    Last edited by JMurray; 15-Jun-2015 at 03:17.

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    #5

    Re: Sport among the trouts.

    Johhny, could you post some more of the text? Perhaps some more context would help resolve the question.
    Last edited by Skrej; 14-Jun-2015 at 09:57.

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    #6

    Re: Sport among the trouts.

    Ok, thank you all for trying to help. Here is the wider context.

    "In my friend´s house and its quiet park the Wheel of the week went round very smoothly, especially so in the little observatory which he had bulit over the lake. … Many a Sunday had passed pleasantly within this room. Now we would read, now play chess or cards; now he would play upon the violin, when our morning's sport among the trout was over. It was our custom to broil the fish over a clear fire, and to eat it with brad and the fruit of his beautiful orchards, while certain goodly vintages refreshed us with their subtle enthusi- asm. I should like you to picture my friend. He was still young, pale and slim, with a certain remote beauty."

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    #7

    Re: Sport among the trouts.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I would assume the latter. I don't consider a bath to be a sport.
    Not A Teacher

    I would guess that bhaisahab is making that judgment based on his knowledge of Aleister Crowley, who was an occultist and libertine. He was also bisexual in a time when homosexuality was illegal in Britain, what he meant by 'sport among the trout' is difficult to know he may have meant swimming, fishing or something else.
    Last edited by Mrfatso; 15-Jun-2015 at 06:47.

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    #8

    Re: Sport among the trouts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post
    Ok, thank you all for trying to help. Here is the wider context.

    "... when our morning's sport among the trout was over. It was our custom to broil the fish over a clear fire, and to eat it with brad and the fruit of his beautiful orchards, while certain goodly vintages refreshed us with their subtle enthusi- asm...."
    I agree that both interpretations are valid, and without further context it would have been difficult to conclusively say which was correct.

    However, with the additional context provided, it does seem pretty clear that it does refer to fishing, since he then talks about cooking and eating the fish.

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