Is Fidelity a person?

I'd go with "met with" if you are describing a confrontation ("they were met with hostility", "they were met with gunfire", "they were met with an armored battallion", etc).

"[M]et by" sounds much more friendly:

They were met by Fidelity’s personal bodyguards, who showed them into the sitting room and offered them some fine wine with bread and an excellent assortment of cheeses, which they enjoyed as they waited.

What do you think, David?  I see both choices as possible in the original post, but to me there are subtle differences in the implications.

DocV

Wow, thank you for your input.  Good, thorough, advice.  And your distinction between confrontation and friendliness is spot on.  In a very brief nutshell, the protagonists (the good guys) are trying to rescue children being held as hostages, and the bodyguards are definitely working for the archenemy, Fidelity, so it is confrontational.

 

Yes, Fidelity is a person, a queen-like villain. 

 

This was my original sentence:

Under the dark of night, they were met with no resistance until, of course, they were on the steps of the Chambers and were met with Fidelity’s personal bodyguards.

 

I changed it to:

 

Under the dark of night, they were met with no resistance until, of course, they were on the steps of the Chambers and were blocked by Fidelity’s personal bodyguards.

 

Thanks again.

 

 

Kingdada1,

You are certainly welcome.  I take it that you are writing (or possibly editing) a work of fiction in progress.  I hope to see the finished product.

I like your recent edit.  I would, however, omit the parenthetical "of course".

DocV

Yes, I am writing my first full-length book.  I completed 4 of 5 chapters and so far it is about 125 pages in length.  It is a dystopian science fiction that takes place in the future, a future in which men are no longer needed to procreate due to the perfection of human cloning.  It is really a parable centering around themes of majority vs minority groups in society and issues of individuality, especially judging others as individuals.

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