Pick out the words and phrases in the story that indicates that the author was not financially well off. One is done for you.
|Phrases||beyond my means|
Words: afford, modest, cheapest, borrow, mean.
Phrases: beyond my means, earning barely
enough money, manage well enough, prices were a great deal higher, horribly expensive, ten francs short, what they cost, inadequate tip, not a penny in my pocket, eat nothing for dinner.