Student or Learner
Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by the interpretation the expression in bold in the following excerpt from the George Donald’s “Donal Grand”?
He had but seated himself when a woman came to the door of the cottage, looked at him for a moment, and probably thinking him, from his bare feet, poorer than he was, said—Hardly /scarcely had he seated ….Only just had he seated….
Thank you for your efforts.
Yes, you are correct.
The expression is pretty old fashioned (Donald wrote it 150 years ago) but occassionally read - and seldom said - today.