I think it is used in the literal sense of the word.
I found this:
(Please forgive me if I am wrong.)
Interested in Language
I am not sure if the snake-rings are a slang term of if there were some rings (probably made of iron) in form of snakes attached to the pillar as a decoration or so. Can anybody help me?
"The path is Roman road, Swarded and wide. Turn at the pillar with the snake-rings. Go straight through the clough to the right, and there is Esperance, with the Featherbed Moss betwixt."
Murray Gilchrist, My Friend, 190?
Thanks a lot.
Not a Teacher
I imagine something more like this.
"Invading armies have no rights." Noam Chomsky