a further/an additional 10


Senior Member
Mandarin / the Shanghai Dialect

BEBailiff Pennyways. Here is 10 shillings and a further 10. This ends our association. You’re dismissed.
PennywaysI beg your pardon miss?

BE: Bathsheba Everdene
From Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)

Context: After BE gives Pennyways his wage, she fired him.

How can I understand “further” here? Can I replace it with “additional”? Perhaps “further” implies this is a compensation?
  • kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    It sounds like the extra ten is intended as what we would call severance pay.

    sev·er·ance pay
    /ˈsev(ə)rəns,ˈsevərns pā/
    1. an amount paid to an employee upon dismissal or discharge from employment.
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