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what is the exact meaning of serve the time in the following sentence?
"Least of all is it safe for such, like that hidalgo, as know not how to serve the time."
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"Serve the time' means to serve a prison sentence. If you didn't know how to serve time (i.e. survive by obeying both official and unofficial prison rules), it was particularly dangerous.
A hidalgo is a member of the Spanish nobility.
Since hidalgo were accustomed to living as nobilty, they were particularly unsuited to survive in a harsh prison environment.