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[5] There are three different methods in which we may combat the letter. The first comes into play where it is clear that it is impossible always to observe the letter of the law. “Children shall support their parents under penalty of imprisonment.” It is clear, in the first place, that this cannot apply to an infant. At this point we shall turn to other possible exceptions and distinguish as follows. “Does this apply to everyone who refuses to support his parent? Has this particular individual incurred the penalty by this particular act?”

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