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Quote #1

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.

Quote #2

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.

Quote #3

leaving two children one of them with bad health (8)

Again, Merwin is showing the interconnectedness of families and how they continue on through the generations.

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