Bedeviled as they may have been at times by the dilemma of surplus population, the traditional slaveholders of the Western world were under Christian constraint to avoid anything resembling a "final solution" to solve the problem of excess labor; one could not shoot an expensively unproductive slave; one suffered with Old Sam when he grew superannuated and feeble, and let him die in peace.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
The talk of setting aside a corner of the pasture for superannuated animals had long since been dropped.
George Orwell -- Animal Farm
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