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PRODIGAL, civil law, persons. Prodigals were persons who, though of full age, were incapable of managing their affairs, and of the obligations which attended them, in consequence of their bad conduct, and for whom a curator was therefore appointed.
     2. In Pennsylvania, by act of assembly, an habitual drunkard is deprived of the management of his affairs, when he wastes his property, and his estate is placed in the bands of a committee.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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'Prodigal Sons and Material Girls' is published by John Wiley & Sons Inc and is available in both hardback and e-book formats, priced at USD24.95.
More often I feel like the prodigal son (the lost son, in Dutch) because things don't quite work out the way you hope.
Three basic threads run through Kingsolver's new novel, Prodigal Summer.
I begin by examining thoroughly the similarities in plot and structure between the parable of the prodigal son and The Merchant of Venice in order to establish the parable as an important component in Shakespeare's conception of the play and to provide sufficient background for the analysis that follows.
Beginning with an overview of the history and functions of the prodigal stage drunkard, Proehl proceeds to an examination of the paradigm's typical characters.
Like the Prodigal whose riotous living leads him into "necessitie" (Luke xv.14), the bark returns "Lean, rent, and beggar'd by the strumpet wind"; and like the bark, Jessica is beggared by her riot with Lorenzo.
After its Vietnam chapters, Prodigal Soldiers covers other formative events in the careers of the officers who ended up leading the U.S.
The younger of two sons, the destitute Prodigal Son returns home hoping to be accepted as a servant after having wasted his portion of his inheritance.
Babe Brother, the prodigal son, refuses to stay and work his father's metaphorical fields.
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"Kelly's point was to draw a parallel between the physicality and grace of dancers and athletes," Villella remembers in his book, Prodigal Son.