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  • She procured plain work; she plaited straw and by various means contrived to earn a pittance scarcely sufficient to support life.
  • As it was, I lived ungazed at and unmolested, hardly thanked for the pittance of food and clothes which I gave, so much does suffering blunt even the coarsest sensations of men.
  • Felix soon learned that the treacherous Turk, for whom he and his family endured such unheard-of oppression, on discovering that his deliverer was thus reduced to poverty and ruin, became a traitor to good feeling and honour and had quitted Italy with his daughter, insultingly sending Felix a pittance of money to aid him, as he said, in some plan of future maintenance.

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  • "The settlement was a pittance compared to what it would’ve been if they had filed a year later."
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Five years ago, after an attack, it had appeared as though he would either have to sacrifice his business on the auction block and live on a pittance thereafter or put himself at the mercy of some unscrupulous employee who would in the end probably ruin him.
    Bernard Malamud  --  The First Seven Years

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