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    Footsteps suprising fleet

    Hello,

    Can anybody explain to me the bold text?

    "I crossed the worn stile and with footsteps surprising fleet passed towards the stretch of moorland."

    R.M.Gilchrist, The Return, 190?

    Thanks a lot
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    Re: Footsteps suprising fleet

    I am not a teacher.

    Are you sure it shouldn't be, 'footsteps surprisingly fleet…'?

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    Re: Footsteps suprising fleet

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    Are you sure it shouldn't be, 'footsteps surprisingly fleet…'?

    No; in the book the text is footsteps surprising fleet.
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    Re: Footsteps suprising fleet

    It's OK, given the fact that it was written by an author from the Derbyshire Peak district in the very early 20th century. http://www.derbyshirelife.co.uk/peop...1917_1_4035347
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: Footsteps suprising fleet

    In case you're also puzzled by the word fleet ; it means walking quickly.

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