| 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.