...virtue of itself sheds a certain light, even though it be through the straits and chinks of penury,
Beauty by itself attracts the desires of all who behold it, and the royal eagles and birds of towering flight stoop on it as on a dainty lure; but if beauty be accompanied by want and penury, then the ravens and the kites and other birds of prey assail it, and she who stands firm against such attacks well deserves to be called the crown of her husband.
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The couple suffered from substance abuse, gambling, lack of family support, and other social ills that lead to penury.