Interested in Language
Can a good soul enlighten me on the meaning of the bold text?
"The storekeeper methodically set scales on the counter, untied buckskin strings, and ladled out precious yellow dust with a sugar scoop. Red Donovan's eyes fixed on the weighted balance—bulged incredulously. Gold! Precious dust in both sacks! And the bearded boob had left one outside!
"That does it fine. A hundred-eigh- teen, a teeny bit more or less."
From under the plank counter the storekeeper lifted a wooden box filled with fruit jars. Some were empty, others were filled to the brim. Two held only rough nuggets. Carelessly he tipped the scales. Gold—dull yellow dust—spilled into a jar. The storekeeper pushed the box back under the counter."
O.M.Cabral, Mirage, 1941
Well, it can be an idiom meaning to try and adjust the odds in favor of something or somebody, but in this case it's a literal meaning.
He lifted up the weighing pan on a balance scale to empty the gold into a jar.