My daughter's reading the story Dan the Dunce and there are the following paragraphs:
Onec upon a time there was a Princess. She was bored. So she decided to get married. "But my husband must be clever and amusing," she said. "I'll test each suitor as he comes." So the news was given out by he Herald to the whole country.
Far out in the country there lived an old Count. He had two sons who were the cleverest men for miles around. [...]
The two clever sons decided to become suitors for the Princess, and began to prepare for the test. The first clever son read a lot of books in Latin, and learned them backwards too. He also read all the local newspapers for the past three years.
Does "learned them backwards" mean that he could recite the books word by word in the reverse order?