When times are bad, the gloves come off and employers are less nice. People become disposable.
I fed them every day. So it was a papa that kept food on the table for them. I did that. I did my part.
In mainstream literature, a trope is a figure of speech: metaphor, simile, irony, or the like. Words used other than literally. In SF, a trope - at least as I understand the usage - is more: science used other than literally.
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