“Neither a borrower nor a lender be, For loan oft loses both itself and friend”… says Polonius
Good advice… hard to follow… mostly the lender part, cos I hate borrowing anyway.
There are a few, a very few, people to whom I would lend whatever I could, knowing I’d get it back right away….
and in fact they’re the ones I’d give money to, if I could, in a time of need…. and even though they probably wouldn’t ask.
They’d do it for me… and when it comes to ten or twenty dollars, sometimes we don’t even keep track.
I also know a few perpetual sinkholes, actually I can think of three, offhand… friends or relatives, always broke, bad with money…
whom I usually allow to borrow and repay, borrow and repay, the same ten or twenty dollars…
an arbitrary amount I feel like I could live with losing, for friendship sake.
They know not to try to borrow more when they still owe me some….
and I try to just shrug my shoulders, when they show me some foolish extravagances they bought, instead of paying me back.
As for borrowing…..
I don’t have much… but if I owe anybody money, for any reason, I’m compulsive about repaying it as soon as possible.
As for Elliot… I don’t think he or Peter ever thought there was any notion of repayment in his request.
BTW…. when I was a kid in the Midwest, we said “Can ya borrow me fifty cents?”
So the one word sufficed for both.
It must be regional…. haven’t heard it in years.
Sep 13, 2014