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Over lunch, the intense fragrance almost overpowers the aroma of roasted coffee beans. He peers at me for a good three seconds, then breaks into a huge smile. Usually people will be grossed out. One might easily have. Ben - not his real name, of course - has been talking about his experiences as a destitute younger Singaporean. Neatly groomed, looking younger than his 35 years, and togged out in a black Adidas polo shirt, he tells us how he wanders into the department stores to use the cologne testers when the staff are distracted.
And by much of Central and Eastern Europe was starving and destitute. From the American Dust Bowl, thousands of destitute farm families stream westward. Six months later, she was in love, pregnant, and, as her furious parents cut her off, destitute. Nation building in a country as destitute and decentralized as Afghanistan, he argued, was hopeless. Thousands of the most beautiful women are destitute of common sense and common humanity. Why would your God people a world, knowing that it would be destitute of benevolence for four thousand years?