Plot spanning S01E04-S01E06 of "Spice and Wolf" doesn't make much sense to me.
Lawrence and Holo are accosted by a stranger who tells them that Trenni silver coins are going to appreciate. Lawrence and Holo later learn that the opposite is true: the purity is going to reduce and thus causing the coins to eventually depreciate. They go to the Milone Trading Company and devise a plan together. So what exactly is the plan? In the anime, it is only explained that they predict that a lot of people are going to act on the false lead and buy Trenni silver coins, and if they act early, they can defeat the rival Medio Trading Company. But exactly how?
Also, I am not sure how the final profits are calculated. In episode 4, after their meeting with Marlheit, Lawrence says to Holo his cut is 10%, which he expects to be 2000.
In episode 6, when the dust settles Marlheit reminds Lawrence that it is agreed upon by both sides that Lawrence's cut is 5% and gives him 120 silver coins, fees deducted. He says Milone purchased 307,112 silver coins. (回収した銀貨は三十万七千百十二枚) Then he says the king is paying 350,000 in cash (即金にて三十五万枚相当の貨幣で支払って頂けるとのことです). But what is the revenue (pre-costs) in this for Milone? 350,000 - 307,112?
Then he also gives Lawrence 1000 which he explains comes from the rival company.
This dialogue is not very clear. So, in order to get a special license, the rival Medio company is paying a lot of money to round up coins on the market, and they want the coins owned by Milone, so they paid Milone some money for their coins? And Milone then gives Lawrence his cut? But I thought Milone was selling those coins to the king.