How does the line “we cling to our last pleasures as the tree clings to its last leaves” in paragraph 1 of "The Fly" impact the message of the story?

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The line about clinging to our pleasures refers to old Mr. Woodifield being allowed out of the house once a week by his wife and daughters to visit his old haunts in London.This seems an innocent pleasure in a privileged life, and we think little of it at first.

Mr. Woodifield goes to visit a younger friend called the boss at his office. Mr. Woodifield mentions that while he was recently in France to see his son Reggie's grave, he also saw the grave of the boss's son, which was quite close by. Mr. Woodifield also notes the vastness of the burial ground and how neatly it...

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