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Itasan



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:00 am    Post subject: gain the court Reply with quote

'to gratify the queen and gain the court'
I wonder what 'gain the court' means.

Thank you.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 11:50 pm    Post subject: Gain the court Reply with quote

Itasan,

This is one phrase we need to split up to understand....

Firstly this is some fairly old English, so you've probably seen this phrase in a novel, history book or a very old publication.

To gratify the queen - Means to please the queen.
gain the court - Court's original meaning was the place where the king or queen and his advisors would govern the country and settle disputes.

So in this case it means that the person gained the confidence of the advisors and pleased the queen.

James
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Itasan



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see. Thank you very much, James.
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