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Department of "Huh?!": She Says That Firewood Was So Expensive That Nobody Would Buy His When He Tried to Sell It?

Methinks Ursula K. LeGuin does not know what the phrase "firewood was so expensive" means. To say "firewood is expensive" is to say that if you have some to sell you can get a very good price for it...

Ursula K. LeGuin:

Ninety-Nine Weeks: A Fairy Tale: Once upon a time there was a poor woodcutter who lived with his wife and their daughter and son in a cottage at the edge of a forest. He loved his trade, and worked hard at it. But most of the land belonged to rich ogres, who kept the forests for their own use. Firewood was so expensive that ordinary people had begun to heat their houses with coal. The woodcutter went from door to door offering timber or firewood, but again and again he was turned away. His wife was lame and could not walk far, though she worked hard and well, keeping the kitchen garden and the house. The daughter and son went to the village school. Young Janet looked after the mayor’s wife’s babies every afternoon when school was out, and young Bob earned a penny here and there doing odd jobs. That bit of money the children could bring home was all the family had now, and every penny had to go for rent to their ogre landlord. They had no new clothes or shoes, and ate only from their garden. Their life had grown hard, and winter was coming on…

And I am not even going to get into U.K. LeGuin's implicit demand for the large-scale destruction of woodland ogre habitat...

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