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    Arthur Miller's All My Sons

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    In Arthur Miller's play "All My Sons", Joe says, "I could live on a quarter a day myself, but I got a family so I..."
    Waht does "on a quarter" means? Is it about spend money or eating food or something else?

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    Re: Arthur Miller's All My Sons

    The American twenty-five cent coin, labeled only "QUARTER DOLLAR", is universally called a quarter. Living on a quarter a day (which hasn't been possible for more than half a century) means spending no more than twenty-five cents for all your daily necessities, including food.
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    Re: Arthur Miller's All My Sons

    Quote Originally Posted by laviniaque View Post
    What does "on a quarter" mean? Is it about spending money, or eating food or something else?
    To live on something (or on some amount of money) means to subsist relying only on that.

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    Re: Arthur Miller's All My Sons

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Living on a quarter a day (which hasn't been possible for more than half a century) means spending no more than twenty-five cents for all your daily necessities, including food.
    The play was written in 1947, so it falls outside the half a century.

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    Re: Arthur Miller's All My Sons

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The play was written in 1947, so it falls outside the half a century.
    Yes. I imagine a person could have lived on the streets or camped out somewhere on a quarter a day in 1947 America. It would not have been enough money to pay for clothing, medical care, or any kind of shelter.
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