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Quotation by Charles Lamb
A poor relation is the most irrelevant thing in nature, a piece of impertinent correspondency, an odious approximation, a haunting conscience, a preposterous shadow, lengthening in the noon-tide of our prosperity.... He is known by his knock.
Charles Lamb (1775–1834), British essayist, critic. Last Essays of Elia, "Poor Relations," (1833).
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