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David Copperfield
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  • I explained with tolerable firmness, that I really did not know where my means of subsistence were to come from, unless I could earn them for myself.
  • ’The subsistence of my family, ma’am,’ returned Mr. Micawber, ’trembles in the balance.

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  • hand-to-mouth subsistence farming
  • social security provided only a bare subsistence

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