Like Minniver Cheevy, he had been born too late — exactly thirty-six hours too late for the physical well-being of his mother, a gentle, ailing woman who, after a full day and a half’s agony in the rigors of childbirth, was depleted of all resolve to pursue further the argument over the new child’s name.
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The poorer a country’s people are, the greater the temptation to deplete the country’s forests and fisheries.
It had become, in a very real way, a wealthy home, even though Morrie’s bank account was rapidly depleting.