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    Last lurch before the grave

    Hello,


    I am at a loss what the bold text mean; can anybody help me?

    "It was the same year in which he entered a public school that Ailsa Roberts joined her eleven brothers and sisters at the little lost vicarage in Gloucestershire. Her father, succesful enough in that capacity, had failed in every other, only stumbling into a benefice as a sort of last lurch before the grave. However, her early years were peaceful enough, save that her frivolity, expressed mainly by what can be called vicissitude of the limbs, caused frowns."

    The Chute by Aleister Crowley, 1915

    Thank you very much.
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    Re: Last lurch before the grave

    My guess is that he (her father) died not long after that.

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