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I don't understand the meaning of "for the look of the thing" and "profitable speculation" of the following sentence:
He often wished, for the look of the thing, that people would sometimes burn candles at his shrine; but as they had forgotten who he was it was not considered a profitable speculation to pay him that attention.
1 What does "for the look of the thing" mean?
2 Does "a profitable speculation" mean "a good guess"?
Thank you in advance
1. for the sake of appearance.
2. a useful investment of time or energy.