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    Worked out at about

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    I have problem to understand the bold text; can anybody help me?

    You could see for miles from those upper corridor windows – small panes that take a lot of cleaning. But George did the windows. George had come from the village, too, if you could call it a village. But he was a permanency. Nothing much but a few cottages, and an
    outlying farmhouse here and there. Why the old brick church lay about a mile away from it, I can’t say. To give the Roaring Lion a trot, perhaps. The Reverend had private means – naturally. I knew that before it came out in the will. But it was a nice fat living notwithstanding – worked out at about fifty pounds to the pig-sty, I shouldn’t wonder, with the vicarage thrown in. You get what you’ve got in this world, and some of
    us enjoy a larger slice than we deserve. But the Reverend, I must say, never took advantage of it. He was a gentleman. Give him his books, and tomorrow like yesterday, and he gave no trouble – none whatever.

    Crewe, Walter de la Mare, 1936

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    Re: Worked out at about

    Are pigs or pig-sties mentioned elsewhere in the story?
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: Worked out at about

    No, they are not.
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    Re: Worked out at about

    I can only guess that the Reverend received an income that was equivalent to fifty pounds for every pigsty in the village. Thus, if there were 40 pigsties in the village, his income was two thousand pounds a year.

    This is not to suggest that his income was tied to the number of pigsties. The writer makes this jocular comparison knowing (or guessing) in advance the number of pigsties in the village and the Reverend's income.

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