put his money on Beautiful Dreamer to come in first in the fifth at Saratoga

may531028

Senior Member
Chinese
This phrase is from F.Buechner's book "Telling the Truth", referring to a parable told by Jesus about the five-talent man.
The whole sentence says: "The five-talent man puts his five talents on Beautiful Dreamer to come in first in the fifth at Saratoga and doubles his money."

I wonder what does "Beautiful Dreamer", "to come in first in the fifth at Saratoga" mean?
 
  • jamesjiao

    Senior Member
    New Zealand English and Mandarin Chinese
    A talent = A variable unit of weight and money used in ancient Greece, Rome, and the Middle East. (thefreedictionary.com)

    I think the original sentence should look like this:

    The five-talent man puts his five talents on Beautiful Dreamer to come in first in the fifth race at Saratoga and doubles his money.

    In this case, it's quite clear that Beautiful Dreamer is the name of a racing animal (such as a horse or a dog).

    Essentially the servant who received 5 talents from his master spends his money on gambling and doubles it (2 x 5 = 10 talents) after winning.
     
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