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    Hello, teachers.
    Would you help me understand the following sentence?

    So, too, did Custance the grocer tremble in executing champagne orders for the thin and wayworn old lady, and gave her full measure pressed down and running over in teas and sugars, to make up for the price which he was compelled to charge for such refinements in the way of wine.
    (The "old lady" is too poor to pay for luxurious food and drinks, but she needs them to feed her sick brother.)

    I understand that Custance gave the old lady "full measure" (the amoung she requested) but I am not sure what "pressed down" and "running over in teas and sugars" parts mean. My guess is: Custance gave her full measure but at a discounted price, and put the subtracted money on her bills for teas and sugars. Is this correct? I appreciate your help very much.

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    (The part to look at is "pressed down and running over" - the "in teas and sugars" part relates to the full measure; i.e., "[he] gave her full measure in teas and sugars."

    He filled the measuring container, then pressed the contents down to make room for more, and then topped it up even to the point of running over.

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    Oooh, that's the way to read this passage... I see!! Thank you!!

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