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    ill pay

    What is the exact meaning of the following sentence?

    On this day, two camels fell with me thrice; wherefore the captain, to fit me better, bought of one of our company a good camel and an ass and but ill he paid for them afterwards.

    The words typed in bold are ambiguous. It is from a book written in Spanish 400 years ago, and translated into English nearly 115 years ago.
    Thanks very much

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    Re: ill pay

    It's not a good translation job, and uses antiquated English on top of that.

    I'm not even sure what the boldfaced text is saying. Either it means he paid for the good camel and ass (donkey), but could barely afford to pay for them and so he paid later, or it may mean that they were paid for later, which the writer found to be a bad business practice.
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