posted by Amy~ .
I'm confused about the meaning of this sentence:
The typical family is three or four children; the latter among the 8 to 12 children that will be born into the family during the lives of the parents.
So I get confused where it says "the latter"
Does this mean that in total there will be 8 to 12 childern that the parents have?
It reads as if the parents have between 8 and 12 children, but only 3 or 4 live to adulthood.
What is the context of this?
The family of Purtains
That would be about right. Infant mortality in those days was pretty high.
I think the numbers are exaggerated, but you have it right. The real numbers is about 1/3 of the children died.