Finally, behind all her comments, Carol saw the fact that the prairie towns no more exist to serve the farmers who are their reason of existence than do the great capitals; they exist to fatten on the farmers, to provide for the townsmen large motors and social preferment; and, unlike the capitals, they do not give to the district in return for usury a stately and permanent center, but only this ragged camp.
There are no more uses of "usury" in the book.
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This is a kind of usury, banker, that I do not understand.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
Of course, any industrial profit above four per cent is considered usury nowadays.