I’d like to ask about a sentence in "His Last Bow" by Arthur Conan Doyle.
You yacht against them, you hunt with them, you play polo, you match them in every game, your four-in-hand takes the prize at Olympia.
I wanted to know whether this last line, your four-in-hand takes the prize at Olympia, was one of figurative speeches or not. Well, I thought this to be one. The speaker refers to (and addressing to) a remarkable international spy who uses sports activities as a means to associate with locals to get some information of course. He obviously involves in various activities and associate with various people, so I thought the line in question was figuratively saying like “your multi-tasking is really remarkable” as a four-in-hand driver manipulates four horses well. So horses are metaphor for several activities, sports or some people in this case maybe? I don’t know. Or, is it just literally saying he has a remarkable carriage maneuvering skill?