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Poverty ConnotationPlay
Suggests the child comes from a disadvantaged background, invoking sympathy or social issues. SlideThe urchin wandered the streets, his eyes reflecting a life of hardship.
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Victorian EraPlay
Commonly used in historical contexts, especially literature about or set in the Victorian period. SlideDickens novels often feature urchins in the gloomy alleys of London.
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Visual ImageryPlay
Elicits a clear image of the child's appearance, typically unkempt and dirty. SlideThe small urchin's clothes were tattered, barely hanging onto his thin frame.