if he lays in a fraction

Gabriel Aparta

Senior Member
Español - Venezuela
Hi, please, from David Copperfield by Dickens:

"All your life," said Mr. Omer. "I may say before it. I knew your father before you. He was five foot nine and a half, and he lays in five and twen-ty foot of ground."

"Rat—tat-tat, rat—tat-tat, rat—tat-tat," across the yard.

"He lays in five and twen-ty foot of ground, if he lays in a fraction," said Mr. Omer, pleasantly. "It was either his request or her direction, I forget which."

This is the man in charge of the funeral of David's mom. He's talking to David about David's late father. What does that part mean?

Thanks!
 
  • Gabriel Aparta

    Senior Member
    Español - Venezuela
    I'm currently reading this again and I don't know what the part in bold is supposed to mean, could you please tell me?

    Thanks!
     
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