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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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Summary: The tale of the prodigal son is one of the favorite tropes of the Western tradition.
The Pharisees had also defined Jesus in their own judgmental and derogatory terms, calling him "a friend of sinners" because he addressed the concerns of those who were prodigals. His attentive care and ministry to "sinners" was highly offensive to the Pharisees, who despised, judged, and rejected Jesus and his messianic claims because of his association.
Military musical The Prodigals, which starred leading West End actor Simon Bowman, ran for two weeks from August 30 to September 14; while the RSC's Richard II opened at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in October before transferring to The Barbican in London.
The Prodigals BELGRADE THEATRE, COVENTRY REVIEW It is an intensely moving story about war, drugs and the relationship between three men - a Colonel and his two sons.
The Prodigals is a musical with its heart in the right place.
"But now I'm in rehearsals for a play called The Prodigals, which is going to be on at the Edinburgh Fringe festival throughout August.
The 19-year-old, from Pentyrch, Cardiff, pictured, was confirmed to star in new musical The Prodigals, to play at the festival throughout August at the Gilded Balloon venue.
We started calling them the Prodigals. At any rate, we took a real blast from an arctic front in December and the two of them perched on our bird feeder looking like death frozen over.
Or he may have found time to delve into the Bible and ruminate over the parable of the prodigal, which explains the metaphysics of slaying the fatted calf for a prodigal.
Continuing the theme of parents and prodigals, La Casa de Bernarda Alba condensed the original 1936 play by Federico Garcia Lorca into a one-act archetypal struggle.
The Prodigals'song and dance sequences are impressive.