Fine folk was setting on the white stone doorsteps of their houses, and a girl threw me a handful of laylock sprays, and when I said "Merci" without thinking, she said she loved the French. They all was the fashion in the city.
This is from "Rewards and Fairies" "Brother Square-Toe" by Kipling. http://pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/digi300.pdf http://www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/rg_squaretoes1.htm
What does "setting" mean in this context?
I would be glad if someone kindly explained it to me.