What prodigal portion have I spent that I should come to such penury?
With a priest that lacks Latin and a rich man that hath not the gout: for the one sleeps easily because he cannot study, and the other lives merrily because he feels no pain; the one lacking the burden of lean and wasteful learning, the other knowing no burden of heavy tedious penury.
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The couple suffered from substance abuse, gambling, lack of family support, and other social ills that lead to penury.