fatted calf, the

fatted calf, the

best calf killed for feast to celebrate return of prodigal son. [N.T.: Luke 15:13]
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(34) The lace-maker, the fatted calf, the gentlemen keeping his horses for pleasure: all these are figures of unproductive labor, "productive" understood quite materially in Malthus as "productive of the means of subsistence," not "productive of exchange value," much less of surplus value.