It contained but two rooms, and these exhibited all the squalidness of the most miserable penury.
During one of their walks a poor cot in the foldings of a vale attracted their notice as being singularly disconsolate, while the number of half-clothed children gathered about it spoke of penury in its worst shape.
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The couple suffered from substance abuse, gambling, lack of family support, and other social ills that lead to penury.