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    Wednesday be Of The Land

    Hi everybody! This is my first time in this forum! I'm Italian and I'm reading a book in English about Australia. I cannot understand the following sentence:

    This is also a place where it is clearly possible to arrive on a Tuesday, and on a Wednesday be Of The Land, especially if you bring something to the table.

    What does "on a Wednesday be Of The Land" mean and why the capital letters?
    Some lines before the author has written about people who don't come from Australia.

    Is there someone who can help me? Thanks a lot in advance


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    Re: Wednesday be Of The Land

    In the twenty-four hours between arriving on Tuesday and midday Wednesday, you have assimilated and become one of the natives, following their customs by bringing food with you.

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    Re: Wednesday be Of The Land

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    In the twenty-four hours between arriving on Tuesday and midday Wednesday, you have assimilated and become one of the natives, following their customs by bringing food with you.

    Thanks a lot, Anglika! Now it is all clear!
    Sonia

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    Re: Wednesday be Of The Land

    Quote Originally Posted by sonyet View Post
    Thanks a lot, Anglika! Now it is all clear!
    Sonia
    Only to say that I've just find out that to bring to the table is an idiom. It means: to provide something that will be a benefit.

    It could be useful for anyone else.

    Thanks again.
    Sonyet


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    Re: Wednesday be Of The Land

    Quote Originally Posted by sonyet View Post
    Hi everybody! This is my first time in this forum! I'm Italian and I'm reading a book in English about Australia. I cannot understand the following sentence:

    This is also a place where it is clearly possible to arrive on a Tuesday, and on a Wednesday be Of The Land, especially if you bring something to the table.

    What does "on a Wednesday be Of The Land" mean and why the capital letters?
    Some lines before the author has written about people who don't come from Australia.

    Is there someone who can help me? Thanks a lot in advance

    The writer means that a person can think of themslves as belonging to the country, or that others will think of them as belonging to the country, after being there for only one day. The writer adds that this will happen "especially if you bring something to the table", which helps show that you will (especially) be accepted if you participate or contribute something or show friendliness. The capitals are used to emphasise that feeling of belonging. In my opinion
    the capitals highlight the sense of belonging as a contrast to the sense of not belonging which people often feel when they are new to a country or place.

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    Re: Wednesday be Of The Land

    Thanks a lot. Now it is really clear.

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