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You Sit Here, You Sit There

A young scholar, coming to town for the convenience of a good library, made a bargain with the person with whom he lodged, to give him £40. for his board and lodging, during so long a time as he could place the family (consisting of 6 persons besides himself) in different positions, every day at dinner. How long might he stay for his £40.?

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Source: F. Walkingame’s The Tutor’s Assistant, 1830.