Yet I ought not to grumble at
my salary,--I am quite satisfied with it; it is sufficient.
He won't grumble at
a hundred a year pocket-money then.
A mere trader ought not to grumble at
the tolls levied by a mighty king.
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.
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.