The debts amounted to double the value of the property.
As much as he hated to admit it, Darkyn wasn't one to wait to claim debts owed him.
Thus a nation which has to choose between bankruptcy and the repudiation of its debts is on the horns of a dilemma.
He'd thought to ask Darkyn about any debts owed but not about any future debts.
He did not know at all how much he had, what his debts amounted to, or what dowry he could give Vera.