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    Hi.
    What does the species of poverty that "is never stationary" mean in the following passage?

    The square parlor into which Robert was ushered bore in every scrap of ornament, in every article of furniture, the unmistakable stamp of that species of poverty which is most comfortless because it is never stationary.
    (Lady Audley's Secret)

    A little after the above passage comes the following:

    ...the lady who loses the handsome furniture of the house she is compelled to abandon and encamps in some smaller habitation with the shabby remainderóbought in by some merciful friend at the sale of her effectsócarries with her an aspect of genteel desolation and tawdry misery not easily to be paralleled in wretchedness by any other phase which poverty can assume.

    Does the poverty that is never stationary mean the kind of poverty that forces a person to change living places? I appreciate any comments. Thank you.

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    I'd say so, and also the movement of the furniture and belongings- some sold, some kept, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I'd say so, and also the movement of the furniture and belongings- some sold, some kept, etc.
    Thank you so much for your help!

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