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fall to his lot:?let his employer give him thirty of the same sorts
and sizes all the week through, and speculate for his part on their
being few or many. The terms of the contract are accordingly
altered in this spirit, and no further change for the mutual
benefit of the two fishers might seem possible; the younger one,
however, at last comes back to say that he cannot tell whether he
is wise in sticking to the sea; he is certain how many fish there
will be for him every day, but is by no means sure what will be
their value in the market, that is" to say, for what quantity of
bread, meat, clothing, and everything they will exchange; if the
capitalist would give him thirty pence in lieu of thirty fish a
day, he could then plainly see whether he could make higher wages
at plough or anvil, what amount of commodities his earnings would
purchase, and thus adopt a uniform standard of living, without the
bother of taking his cod, ling, and halibut, to market. It is
equally to the liking of the boat owner to know what the exact cost
of his fishing venture will be; he, therefore, readily agrees to
the proposal. A working-man, of his own free-will, has thus, with
good reason on his side, begged for and acquired fixed money wages
inslead of an ebbing and flowing share in profits; but who can say
that the association between these two fishermen has, in
consequence of this arrangement, been broken up ? It has, on the
contrary, been perfected. If, however, the younger one had been
able and willing to speculate on the probable result of a day's
fishing, he might have taken all the risks on his own shoulders,
and paid for the boat a certain fixed rent, or, in other words, a
fixed amount of interest on the invested capital to its owner, who,
in that case, would gain the mental ease and comfort wh...
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