Hello everyone, It's a luxury we can't afford, means it's something expensive or hard to obtain, that we can't take care of, or spend time for it? Here, Judge who has lost his dog, went to an officer, to ask for finding her. But since it's a very bad political situation in India; riots, so many people have been killed, the officer refused helping him. "My dear sir," he said to the judge, "I am fond of animals myself, but in these times... it's a luxury we can't afford-" It's part of Inheritance of Loss, a novel by Kiran Desai. Many thanks.