How would you interpret the phrase ‘only in a little in a military way’?
How would you interpret the phrase ‘only in a little in a military way’ in the last sentence?
Does it mean the Austrians only gunned the town a little, as regular military movements?
Thanks. It’s from A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.the context:
The next year there were many victories. The mountain that was beyond the valley and the hillside where the chestnut forest grew was captured and there were victories beyond the plain on the plateau to the south and we crossed the river in August and lived in a house in Gorizia that had a fountain and many thick shady trees in a walled garden and a wistaria vine purple on the side of the house. Now the fighting was in the next mountains beyond and was not a mile away. The town was very nice and our house was very fine. The river ran behind us and the town had been captured very handsomely but the mountains beyond it could not be taken and I was very glad the Austrians seemed to want to come back to the town some time, if the war should end, because they did not bombard it to destroy it but only a little in a military way.