few shillings to deal at such a place

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chong lee

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The quote is from The Return of the Native, by Thomas Hardy.

With last sentence is he talking about the rent of the place which looks like a king's palace?


" 'Tis a blazing great business that he belongs to, so I've heard his mother say—like a king's palace, as far as diments go."
"It must cost a good few shillings to deal at such a place."
  • Egmont

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    English - U.S.
    A shilling was a currency unit in the U.K. until about 1970. It was worth 1/20 of a pound, or 12 pence in the currency at the time. The same name or a similar name has also been used for several other currencies, such as the Austrian Schilling (used until the euro was introduced in the 1990s) or the Kenya Schilling, in use today.
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