Posted by Caroline on September 16, 1997 at 22:43:35:
In response to Re-Trench?, written by Trina on September 16, 1997 at 16:14:10
But what would retrenching have involved? The movie seems to suggest it's just going on a budget, but I'm sure it must be more than that...
I typed "retrench" into Yahoo in the hope of it turning up in one of those obscure dictionaries of 19th century usage or something. What I got was a series of articles about how medical institutions have to face consolidation and restructuring in the face of economic cut-backs, and a play called "Money" by Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton, that has a few lines that could have come straight out of Sir Walter's mouth, all bombast about how retrenching was immoral because it provides less work for the poor.
Based on that, and my own gut feeling, I would say that "retrenching" meant adopting a more economical way of life, and a acceptance of a (much?)lower standard of living.
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