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Quote #1

We were seven—who now are one, (line 17)

The speaker used to have a large family, but now he's the only one left. Notice how the "one" that's left is even isolated in the poetic line: he's separated from the "seven" by the dash in the middle of the line.

Quote #2

And we were three—yet, each alone; (line 49)

Now the speaker's large family has dwindled to three – yet they're isolated from each other because they're each chained to a separate pillar. Like in the previous example, they're isolated also by the dash in the middle of the line.

Quote #3

We could not see each other's face (line 51)

Even though the three brothers share a dungeon cell, they can't even see each other's faces.

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