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    loaves and fishes

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to help me to make the proper choice of the interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Who can wonder that a gentleman with fourteen living children and a bare income of &400 a year should look after the loaves and fishes ever when they are under the thumb of Mr. Slope. (A. Trollope, “Barchester Tower”)

    loaves and fishes = worldly goods, earthly blessings

    V.
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    Re: loaves and fishes

    Hi Vil

    Not sure on this one, but it could, in this case, be interpreted as the bare necessities of life.

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    Re: loaves and fishes

    Feeding the multitude - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    "Loaves and fishes" evokes these miracles performed by Jesus. Not sure why someone would use the phrase in such a seemingly mundane way.

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    Re: loaves and fishes

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Feeding the multitude - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    "Loaves and fishes" evokes these miracles performed by Jesus. Not sure why someone would use the phrase in such a seemingly mundane way.
    Well, it's Trollope, you know. All those men of the cloth, parsons, bishops, and the like.

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