keep accounts

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Or I could keep accounts, if--if anybody would trust me.
I think you had better, for if I have got to keep accounts I may as well begin in the right way.
We have no machines, no good stock, no efficient supervision; we don't even know how to keep accounts.
Most men have learned to read to serve a paltry convenience, as they have learned to cipher in order to keep accounts and not be cheated in trade; but of reading as a noble intellectual exercise they know little or nothing; yet this only is reading, in a high sense, not that which lulls us as a luxury and suffers the nobler faculties to sleep the while, but what we have to stand on tip-toe to read and devote our most alert and wakeful hours to.
At thirteen, she could read and keep accounts, that is, could put down in words and figures how much the bare necessaries that they wanted would cost, and how much less they had to buy them with.
I was charmed by her presently asking me, of her own accord, to give her that cookery-book I had once spoken of, and to show her how to keep accounts as I had once promised I would.
That grandchild of yours has been here - well, I do not quite know how many days it is; nobody can keep account of days or anything else where she is
It was about seven or eight weeks after my landing,--rather more, I think, though I had not troubled to keep account of the time,-- when this catastrophe occurred.
If we want to sink 3,000 feet, I should keep account of the reduction of bulk under a pressure equal to that of a column of water of a thousand feet.
Demands for "divorce" payments which appear to be plucked out of the air by people who, if they keep accounts, are notoriously shy to publish them.
Help keep accounts safe by never disclosing security details such as PINs.
There are companies that were clearly working in this and used to keep accounts of everything they were making from the illegal activities," he added.