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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.

  • They, the fine folk, were "placing" themselves on the white stone doorsteps of their houses. Set - To put in a specified position or arrangement. To be set - Be situated or fixed in a specified place or position. (en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/set) – SovereignSun Dec 1 '16 at 8:50
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"Setting" means "sitting" in this context. It's a sort of colloquialism common in the southern US that Kipling uses here to show you something about the narrator (i.e. that he speaks with an accent).

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