|This Road On Sufferance
||[Apr. 4th, 2006|11:36 am]
On a very steep, rough road beside a church I came accross a sign- very finely carved in stone- that read THIS ROAD ON SUFFERANCE |
I guess this means, "We can't stop you using this road but if you break your axle don't expect us to do anything other than laugh and point."
It raises so many questions.
Why did they chose to have it carved so handsomely?
Why is it just lying on the grass like this?
Yes indeed - I'd love to know what its original context was. I wonder if anyone connected with the church knows?
I think it's probably in more or less the right place- at the bottom of the road in question- but it must originally have been mounted on something.
Presumably, yes. Are there any graves nearby at all? That kind of context could argue for a more metaphorical reading - "[God let me walk] this road [through life] in sufferance[, but now my time is up]", sort of thing.
Oops - 'on sufferance', of course.
I don't think there are any graves. There are no gravestones and the hillside is just too steep.
I've just Googled the phrase to see if it occurs in any well-known context; it doesn't.
Aye, I did that earlier! Sounds like it really is literally about the road, then.