Conjugal savings


#1

With the advent of videocassettes and, subsequently, the DVD divinity, things changed radically, much to the enrichment of my happy hours. As it is not terribly common to come
across a concierge waxing ecstatic over Death in Venice or to hear strains of Mahler wafting from her loge, I delved into my hard-earned conjugal savings and bought a second television set that I could operate in my hideaway. Thus, the television in the front room, guardian of my clandestine activities, could bleat away and I was no longer forced to listen to inane nonsense fit for the brain of a clam — I was in the back room, perfectly euphoric, my eyes filling with tears, in the miraculous presence of Art.
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What are conjugal savings?


#2

“conjugal” means from a marriage, so I think she is talking about the money she and her husband saved before he died. “Hard-earned” here seems to imply that maybe she did not have a very happy marriage and the money she got is a reward for suffering through it.