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    "Families are always rising and falling in America." What does that phrase mean?

    I might come off pretty ignorant since I never read any of Nathaniel Hawthorne's works and heard that phrase from The Departed..lol..But does he mean that families are always going through cycles of ups and downs?

    just curious, peace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FROADS View Post
    I might come off pretty ignorant since I never read any of Nathaniel Hawthorne's works and heard that phrase from The Departed..lol..But does he mean that families are always going through cycles of ups and downs?

    just curious, peace.
    'Families are alway going through cycles of ups and down'

    I have never book but what I think it mean is That average family will alway high moments eg marriages, birth anything make them happy and have lows will be eg people died, divorces, anything is sad or maybe cost money.
    English my native language and have characterizes of dyslexia.

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    thnx^^

    Thought I was on the right track, not sure if others felt the same way...makes sense now.

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    Also - America has always been seen as the 'land of opportunity', so many impoverished families emigrated there to make their fortunes. But for every fortune made was a fortune lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillwalker View Post
    Also - America has always been seen as the 'land of opportunity', so many impoverished families emigrated there to make their fortunes. But for every fortune made was a fortune lost.

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    Yep, I would interpret it like that seeing as the quote specifically says America, as opposed to "Families are always rising and falling." I think it does have something to do with money- ancestors who are poor may have descendants who are rich who may have descendants who fail. The family referring not simply to immediate family but a blood line.

    That's at least how I see it.

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