In The Last Lesson, written by Alphonse Daudet, there is this paragraph:
My last French lesson! Why, I hardly knew how to write! I should never learn any more! I must stop there, then! Oh, how sorry I was for not learning my lessons, for seeking birds’ eggs, or going sliding on the Saar!
What is the meaning of "sliding on the Saar"?
I searched the meaning of Saar in online and found this:
- A river, about 245 km (150 mi) long, rising in northeast France and flowing north and north-northwest to the Moselle River in western Germany. The river's valley, also known as the Saar Basin, is a highly industrialized region.
- See Saarland.
This is the meaning of Saarland:
A region of southwest Germany in the Saar River valley on the border with France. Because of its extensive coal deposits, it was long contested between Germany and France, especially after World War I, when the League of Nations assigned the administration of the newly formed Saar Territory to France. After a 1935 plebiscite, Saarland became a German province, but it was again placed under French control in 1945. Autonomy was rejected by the populace in 1955, and the region officially became a state of West Germany in 1957.
But I am still unable to understand the meaning of the word in the context.
If the Saar refers to the river, I have never heard of people "sliding" on a river. Also, I don't think it makes sense to say one slid on Saarland.
Can somebody please explain?
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