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Old 17 August 2016, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Esprise Me View Post
I didn't read it that way, though I'll freely admit I lack context, having never read the book or heard the quote before. I just interpreted it as "if you earn slightly less than you need, you'll be miserable." Was it intended to imply that one can control one's expenses and therefore be happy?
It's been many years since I've read the book, and I'd have to read it again to answer that -- I'd have to check not only how the character who says that means it, but how the character's presented and how the situation presents through the book as a while. I will say that it would seem unlike Dickens (in my blurry recollection of his writings) to blame poverty on the poor; but that I've heard people in modern times use it in a fashion that implied that the problem was all due to lack of control of expenses.
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