Finally he shrugs. “I’d say, after all the pay and expenses, approximately $1,050.”
“And you’ll do three of those this morning?”
“That’s an average morning?”
“Today was OK. Today was good.”
A few minutes later, he begins cooking his next batch.
Alipio mentions that recently the price of gold has fallen a bit. Because costs for mercury and fuel have increased, he says, he and his crews exist at the margin of profitability.
“What will happen,” I ask, “if the price of gold falls a lot, as it does from time to time?”
“We’ll see if that happens this time,” Alipio says.
“But if it does?”