In chapter 6 of The Just Men of Cordova by Edgar Wallace, the author was describing a young boxer constable and his work under his bad superior.
Frank Fellowe was agitating a punch-ball in one of the upper rooms of his little cottage, and with good reason.
He was “taking out” of the ball all the grievances he had against the petty irritants of life.
Sergeant Gurden had bothered him with a dozen and one forms of petty annoyance. He had been given the least congenial of jobs; he had been put upon melancholy point work; and he seemed to be getting more than his share of extra duty. And, in addition, he had the extra worry of checking, at the same time, the work of Black’s organization. He might, had he wished, put away all the restrictions which hampered his movements, but that was not his way. The frustration of Black’s plans was one of Frank’s absorbing passions. If he had other passions which threatened to be equally absorbing, he had the sense to check them—for a while—
I found that "put upon" may mean have too much work, but it has been actually said after it that he get "more than his share of extra duty", so I think it means another meaning, but I can't get it!
And what's exactly meant by this "point work" term?!
And I think that "dozen and one" means "a lot of" not "thirteen" literally, doesn't it?