Yet I ought not to grumble at
my salary,--I am quite satisfied with it; it is sufficient.
I don't wish to keep you a prisoner at home,' I replied; 'I should not grumble at
your staying whole months away - if you can be happy so long without me - provided I knew you were safe; but I don't like the idea of your being there among your friends, as you call them.
Married men bully their wives, grumble at
the dinner, and insist on the children's going to bed.
The older son grumbles, just as the Pharisees grumble at
the beginning of this pericope, saying that his own loyalty is not acknowledged, yet the loyalty of "this son," who squandered his inheritance, is rewarded with a fatted calf.
It also seems like you have Alf Garnett there also, under the guise of Dan O'Neill, who also likes to have a grumble at
everything that matters.
However I must praise and grumble at
the same time.