Using context clues and a dictionary determine what this sentence means. Then rephrase the passage to the way a child of 7 might really say them.
To five little stone lozenges...which...were sacred to the memory of five little brothers of mine-who gave up trying to get a living, exceedingly early in that universal struggle-i am indebted for a belief I religously entertained that they had all been born on their backs with their hands in their trousers pockets, and had never taken them out in this state of existence. (Chapter 1)
The five stone lozenges are probably five diamond-shaped markers that marked where his five brothers were buried, all of whom seemed to have passed away at an early age. The description of them on their backs when they were sick, a position that they were apparently constantly in.
Five stone markers show where my little brothers, all five, are now. They died really young, and never really lived much. They were always sick and in bed and on their backs, so I figured thats how they were born.
I always believed that my little brothers, all five of them, never suffered in this world. I would look at their little graves right next to my parents' grave and picture them as little mirror images, not just of one another but of me as well. Seeing them all in a row like that helped me to imagine them and I was grateful for the image.