Disney-comics digest #289.

John M Baker jbaker at world.std.com
Mon Apr 4 22:50:31 CEST 1994

	I think it's possible to take the emotional aspects of the 
physical money too far.  Yes, Scrooge loves his money.  But he also loves 
making money, he is willing to spend money to make money, and I have 
never noticed any disdain on his part for any honest means of making 
money.  It is untrue that he does not want to loan his money out for 
interest; any number of stories involve Scrooge attempting to collect 
debts.  ("Any number" may be an exaggeration, but I can think of a 
couple, anyway; the hypnotizer gun story comes to mind.)  That's why I 
think that additional reasons are needed to explain the phenomenon of the 
money bin; I can't see Scrooge mindlessly hoarding all of his money if 
that's a tremendously costly activity.
	It's probably true that Barks used made-up terms to avoid pinning 
down the amount of the fortune, as well as because of their implication 
of immensity.  Guessing at the amount of Scrooge's fortune is a harmless 
pursuit, if only because no two estimates have ever been close.  However, 
I do think some of the other points that have come up in this thread have 
been worthwhile.


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