You're very welcome. I appreciate your kind words. :DOriginally Posted by student-bg
The word "season" has several meanings. In this case, it means prepared by experience. The analogy is to the effects of the seasons on exposed wood. The idea is that the older folks are better able to deal with stresses of a marriage than their younger colleagues.BGstudent: I can't understand what does the author want to explain in the following phrase?
1. "in their well seasoned late twenties." in the sentence:
They were older when they married than most of their married friends:in their well seasoned late twenties.
It could be his career, but it could also apply to other tasks, journeys, or relationships.2. "ways forward for himself" BGstudent: Is it connected with his career?
It is not clear to me either. The word "deal" in this context means "to administer", "to deliver". It is not clear whether these "blows" are physical blows or another form of hostility.3. "he shrank from the dealing of blows" BGstudent: Does it mean that he doesn't want to fight with fists, but then what about hte word "deal"? It's not quite clear to me.
An arbitrary line is one that is drawn somewhere for no particular reason. For example, the line drawn between one school district and another schol district might be drawn arbitrarily -- not based on real data such as population density, demographics, etc. In this case, the arbitrary line might be a national/international border, something like the Berlin wall.4. "having been born east of a certain arbitrary line" BGstudent: What does arbitrary line mean? What kind of place it could be?