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The Little Match Girl's father only became abusive after becoming impoverished.
The Match Girl does mention that "home is almost as cold as outside," - meaning that they don't even have enough money for firewood. The abuse was born of desperation, because selling matches is just about the only thing keeping her whole family alive!
  • Very probable.
  • It's also Truth in Television that impoverished households made and sold matches to bring in income.
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