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Misfortunes never come singly

One misfortunes is generally followed closely by another. As Robert Herrick wrote in his poem Sorrows Succeed:

When one is past, another care we have;
Thus woe succeeds a woe, as wave a wave.

Or, in the more modern phrase, ‘Life is just one damned thing after another,’ which gave John Masefield the title for his book Odtaa.

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