Jane Eyre Me

“I got nothing.”

“What, Lamont?”

“Nothing. Nothing to trade. I’m not even a good proofreader.”

“You’re not going to last long in a barter culture.”

“If I lived in a barter culture, I wouldn’t wake up to it suddenly on a Sunday morning and discover it. I’d probably have grown up in it.”

“Hmmm, you have a point.”

“I used to trade my time and attention for the chance to watch plays. That was a good trade. I’d usher people to their seats and in exchange I got to stand in the back and watch the plays for free.”

“You could teach stuff in trade.”

“Like what? ‘Hi, I’ll teach you to write a compare/contrast essay if you’ll cook me supper’?”

“That’s how teachers were paid back in the day, Lamont.”

“You’re right. I’d forgotten.”

“You could teach writing, drawing and painting.”

“Hmmm, maybe I would survive after all. I think the best bet in these circumstances, though, would be to marry Mr. Rochester.”



One thought on “Jane Eyre Me

  1. Playing a musical instrument was coin of the realm until relatively recently. Anyone who could play a guitar, a fiddle, a piano was always welcome. And could trade lessons for everything, including a place to live. Maybe that is why so many of our mothers insisted we learn to play an instrument.

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