Wait on 'im till 'e thrashes

stephenlearner

Senior Member
Chinese
Hi,

These words are from "Under the Lion's Paw" by Hamlin Garland (from his 1891 collection Main-Travelled Roads).

Council: What do you talk on the farm?
Butler: Well, I d' know. I'll rent it on shares or I'll rent it money rent.
Council: Waal, how much money, say?
Butler: Well, say ten per cent, on the price two-fifty.
Council: Wall, that ain't bad. Wait on 'im till 'e thrashes?
Butler: Well, knocks me out of twenty-five dollars interest.
Council: My relation'll need all he's got t' git his crops in.
Butler: Well, all right; say wait.
Council: All right; this is the man. Haskins, this is Mr. Butler- no relation to Ben- the hardest-working man in Cedar County.

Can you tell me what the part in bold means please?

Thanks.
 
  • PaulQ

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    English - England
    Council: What do you talk on the farm? - What price do you want for the renting of the farm?
    Butler: Well, I d' know. - I'll rent it on shares or I'll rent it money rent. - I'm not sure [if] I should rent it for a share of the profits or at a flat rate per annum
    Council: Waal, how much money, say? - What would the flat rate be?
    Butler: Well, say ten per cent, on the price two-fifty. - Ten percent of the value of the land and thus $250
    Council: Wall, that ain't bad. Wait on 'im till 'e thrashes? Well, that's not bad. Are you going to wait until he has [harvested and] threshed the crop (The crop is probably wheat)
     
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