If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do….

Remember the moment in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” when Scrooge’s clerk Bob Cratchit is about to leave the office on Christmas Eve? Scrooge snaps, “You’ll want all day tomorrow, I suppose?”

“If quite convenient, sir”

“It’s not convenient, and it’s not fair. If I was to stop half a crown for it, you’d think yourself mightily ill-used, I’ll be bound.”

“Yes, sir.”

“And yet you don’t think me ill used for paying a day’s wages for no work.”

“It’s only once year, sir.”

“A poor excuse for picking a man’s pocket every twenty-fifth of December.”

So, just how much is a half crown, I wonder every Christmas? And now I know how to find the answer to this and many similar questions: a web site called historical currency conversions. It turns out Scrooge was threatening poor Bob Cratchit over $16.06 in today’s money.

But is it accurate? Of course it is: I found it on the Internet!

(From here)


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