I kept another small loaf, and a modicum
of cheese, on a particular shelf of a particular cupboard, to make my supper on when I came back at night.
Cold, light, and selfish in the last resort, he had that modicum
of prudence, miscalled morality, which keeps a man from inconvenient drunkenness or punishable theft.
He had been obliged to fight the farm and his father for even a modicum
of them--the things that made life worth living.
Only a scanty modicum
of daylight entered to war with the trembling rays of the ikon lamp.