"Netherlandish Proverbs" To barely reach from one loaf to another” — To have difficulty living within one’s means. The poor guy sure looks uncomfortable. Also seen here, sitting on the table, is “a hoe without a handle,” describing something useless. Underneath the table we see “To look for the hatchet” – To look for an excuse.
The Visions of Pieter Brueghel the Elder: Dulle Griet (detail