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Only a scanty modicum of daylight entered to war with the trembling rays of the ikon lamp.
He had been obliged to fight the farm and his father for even a modicum of them--the things that made life worth living.
But to stand working slowly in a field, and feel the creep of rain-water, first in legs and shoulders, then on hips and head, then at back, front, and sides, and yet to work on till the leaden light diminishes and marks that the sun is down, demands a distinct modicum of stoicism, even of valour.