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    Mental denunciation

    Hello,

    Can anybody explain what the author means in the bold text?

    "I cross-questioned the ostlers, that hurried to and fro, but failing to obtain any coherent reply I was fain to content myself with a mental denunciation of the times."

    The Return by R.M.Gilchrist, 1900?

    Thank you very much
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    Re: Mental denunciation

    You've got a challenge with this text from 1900! For those of us who are fairly used to reading texts from the early 1900s, we could offer some explanations, but I haven't read Gilchrist. I would have to know the context to understand what is meant by the times.
    But ---- fain means wished to/desired to/ wanted to/ felt compelled to/.
    ------ Denunciation means declaring something to be false/wrong/.. being dismissive of it/even insulting it.....
    I was compelled to ... declare in my mind (the times) to be false/to be mistaken/to be sub-standard....

    I hope that helps a bit.. I shall have to read it!

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    Re: Mental denunciation

    Some context would be useful. For example, why are the ostlers running to and fro? What was he wanting to ask about? What was happening?
    He's saying, "I suppose I'll just have to accept that that's the way things are these days."

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    Re: Mental denunciation

    More context (a man is comming back to his village after twenty years abroad, finding it very changed from what he had known in the old days)

    "I crossed the sea and posted straight for Halkton village. The old holstery was crowded with diamonds. Jane Hopgarth, whom I remembered a ruddy-faced child, stood on the box-edged terrace, courtesying in matronly fashion to the pearting mail-coach. A change in the sign.board drew my eye: the white lilies had been painted over with a mitre, and the name changed from The Pascal Arms to The Lord Bishop. Angrily aghast at this disloyality, I cross-questioned the ostlers, that hurried to and fro, but failing to obtain any coherent reply I was fain to content myself with a mental denunciation of the times."
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    Re: Mental denunciation

    Yes, that confirms that it means a combination of the above answers.

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    Re: Mental denunciation

    He expressed disapproval, but only to himself. Thus it was a mental denunciation. He kept his thoughts to himself.

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