Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #4

What did I know, what did I know
of love’s austere and lonely offices? (13-14)

Here, the speaker finally acknowledges his father’s sacrifices for his family. He didn’t understand them back in the day, but now, he understands how much his pops did for his family—that these kinds of sacrifices were an expression of love, even if they weren't all that eloquent.

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