a capon, 2s 2d; sauce, 4d

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bloomcountry

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Russian, Spanish
I am not sure about the meaning of these figures with letters:

"Falstaff's reckoning at the Boar's Head -a capon, 2s 2d; sauce, 4d; sack, /
two gallons, 5s 8d; anchovies and sack after supper, 2s 6d; bread 1/2d" (Anthony Burgess, 1985).
 
  • Biffo

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    English - England
    I am not sure about the meaning of these figures with letters:

    "Falstaff's reckoning at the Boar's Head -a capon, 2s 2d; sauce, 4d; sack, /
    two gallons, 5s 8d; anchovies and sack after supper, 2s 6d; bread 1/2d" (Anthony Burgess, 1985).
    In the old days this would have been read:

    -a capon, two and tuppence; sauce, fourpence; sack, two gallons, five and eight; anchovies and sack after supper, half-a-crown; bread a ha'penny"

    I think this is right! Can anyone confirm?
     

    Biffo

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    English - England
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    I know that we said five and six but not five and sixpence.

    However I'm not sure whether we said five and eight or five and eightpence. Or are both possible?
     
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