One of the Lives
by M.S. Merwin
One of the Lives Family Quotes
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If I had not met the red-haired boy whose father (1)
Family matters are already being introduced. We're not to the speaker's family yet, but it's important nonetheless.
as he was dying had not had an elder brother (6)
Merwin is weaving all the family ties together, even if it's a family far removed from the speaker's.