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penury
used in As I Lay Dying

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Definition
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
  • It is like a casting of fading bronze upon the pillow, the hands alone still with any semblance of life: a curled, gnarled ineptness; a spent yet alert quality from which weariness, exhaustion, travail has not yet departed, as though they doubted even yet the actuality of rest, guarding with horned and penurious alertness the cessation which they know cannot last.
    Section 12 — Darl (5) (73% in)

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