Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 month ago

What does the phrase "of excellent parts" mean here?

"That night his nineteen new brothers were conducted to the king Sul‑ tan Mehmed, they were the male children then living of his father, by several wives;... and directly they had kissed his hand they were circumcised, taken aside and dexterously strangled with handkerchiefs. The Venetian ambassador added to the horror with a story of even greater pathos. ‘They say’, he wrote, ‘that the eldest, a most beautiful lad and of excellent parts, beloved by all, when he kissed the sultan’s hand exclaimed ..."

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  • 1 month ago
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    They mean he’s well-muscled and handsome.

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