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    An old Farm

    Hi.

    Can anybody tell me if "old Hackney´s farm" means "an old farm of Hackney" or "a farm of old Hackney?"


    A laugh arose. "You won't get the magistrate to believe that," said someone. "Why, all where you speak of past that gate by the dunes is just old Hackney's farm and nothing else."
    "Of course," said another. "It was one of old Hackney's barns he was setting alight, I understand. I was speaking to one of the policemen about it. He said that fellow Ormerod had always been fossicking around there, and had gone to sleep in the barn twice. I expect it's all bad dreams."

    Bad Lands by John Metcalfe, 1927.


    Thanks a lot.
    Not a Teacher. A guy who is fond of old horror and weird literature and who is interested in English language.

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    Re: An old Farm

    They affectionately know the farmer as "old Hackney".
    I am not a teacher.

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