a brute beast to <work out> for me

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park sang joon

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And now was I indeed wretched beyond the wretchedness of mere Humanity. And a brute beast -- whose fellow I had contemptuously destroyed -- a brute beast to work out for me -- for me a man, fashioned in the image of the High God -- so much of insufferable woe! Alas!
<Source: The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe http://poestories.com/read/blackcat>

I'd like to know in my example, what the phrase in bold "work out" mean.
  • Thomas Tompion

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I read it as And a brute beast to work out for me so much insufferable woe, ie. how can an animal cause me such woe?

    It's a very odd use of work out for someone - to bring about for someone, to cause someone.
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