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How much money did this man leave behind Options
vkhu
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 8:45:50 AM
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"This was the unhappiest voyage that ever man made; for though I did not carry quite £100 of my new-gained wealth, so that I had £200 left, which I had lodged with my friend’s widow, who was very just to me, yet I fell into terrible misfortunes."

Source: Robinson Crusoe

Before this, Crusoe made 300 pounds. Now, he split the money in 2, 100 and 200 pounds. He gave 1 portion to a widow, but I don't know which one he gave away. I'm assuming the the 200 pounds portion was given away, but then why did he "not carry" the remaining 100?
Gary98
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 9:34:36 AM

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Per TFD:

lodged:
3. To place, leave, or deposit, as for safety: documents lodged with a trusted associate.

So Robinson carried a little less than 100 pounds with him...lodged with his friend's widow the rest 200 pounds.
vkhu
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 9:39:36 AM
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Gary98 wrote:
Per TFD:

lodged:
3. To place, leave, or deposit, as for safety: documents lodged with a trusted associate.

So Robinson carried a little less than 100 pounds with him...lodged with his friend's widow the rest 200 pounds.


That was my first understanding, but he said he didn't carry 100 pounds with him. No other mention of what he did with that money. Where did it go then?
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 9:53:44 AM

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I would imagine some of it was spent on living expenses, leaving Crusoe a balance that was less than £100, as that was a large amount of money at the tme he might have an amount that was approximately £100 left say £99-95 but he did not know exactly how much or did not care to say.

Here quite is used to mean not entirley £100.

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 2:28:24 PM

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Yes - it doesn't say he didn't carry 100 with him.
It says he didn't carry quite 100 with him. "<negative>. . . quite" means "<positive> . . . almost"
He probably spent a pound or two and carried ninety-some.

Widow - 200
Spent - 2
Robinson - 98

Total 300


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