If the last cheque had bounced, the next one most certainly would as well. Who had ready cash in the village to whom he could give some plausible explanation as to why he needed to borrow some? Oriel - if his sister was living there surely he might be capable of a "loan"? Or those saucy girls - they always seemed to have wads of the readies with them. What to do? He would have to mark up these pieces to exorbitantly high prices to get his business on an even keel again. And fast!