Buy Low, Sell High

hard-timesBitzer grows up and works in Bounderby’s bank. ‘All his proceedings were the result of the nicest and coldest calculation…. Having satisfied himself, on his father’s death, that his mother had a right of settlement in Coketown, this excellent young economist had [her] … shut up in the workhouse ever since. It must be admitted that he allowed her half a pound of tea a year, which was weak in him: first, because all gifts have an inevitable tendency to pauperise the recipient, and secondly, because his only reasonable transaction in that commodity would have been to buy it for as little as he could possibly give, and sell it for as much as he could possibly get; it having been clearly ascertained by philosophers that in this is comprised the whole duty of man – not a part of man’s duty, but the whole.’ Buy low, sell high. That is all you need to know. That is the highest mortal aim in this universe of Facts.

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