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    The good with the bad

    Hi,

    Can anybody tell me what the author means in the bold text and if fine-weather birds are one should take for migrants?

    'We have our storms, sir--the bad with the good,' he agreed, 'and our position is specially prolific of what they call sea-fog. It comes driving in from the sea for days and nights together--gale and mist, so that you can scarcely see your open hand in front of your eyes even in broad daylight. And the noise of it, sir, sweeping across overhead in that wooliness of mist, if you take me, is most peculiar. It's shocking to a stranger. No, sir, we are left pretty much to ourselves when the fine-weather birds are flown....

    Walter de la Mare, All Hallows, 1927

    Thanks a lot.
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    Re: The good with the bad

    I mentally translated "fine-weather birds" to what I understand to be its modern equivalent, "fair-weather friends." These are people who are friendly in good times but abandon you when you face difficulties.
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    Re: The good with the bad

    Could he mean tourists? If they are by the sea, they probably have a season where all the tourists are gone and they have bad storms.

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    Re: The good with the bad

    I think you are right, Dave.
    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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