[General] A ninth or an eleventh

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Rok

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Hi!

The young imagination recoiled. And this measureless deprivation was to cover a whole year. A ninth or an eleventh of a lifetime to them respectively. About a fifth of all they could really remember. Countless days, each having three meals; weeks, months, the long dry butterless vista stretched before them like Siberian exile to a Russian prisoner.
(The Boys and The Butter by C. P. Gilman)

What does "A ninth or an eleventh of a lifetime to them respectively. About a fifth of all they could really remember." mean?

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Route21

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As an NES but not a teacher, it appears to be talking about 2 children. One of them is 9 years old, the other 11.
One year, to them, is a ninth or an eleventh of their current lifetime.

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R21
 
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