Student or Learner
What's the meaning of the underlined?
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The week’s effort had been worth it, though. From then on, I was well regarded by the family. I might have been able to put his arrangement on a more official sort of footing if only I’d been able to steer the conversation for more than five minutes away from tropical fish.
There is insufficient context to say what "the arrangement" refers to.
"If people had stopped talking about fish, I might have been able to get his arrangement accepted officially."