almost from their birth upward

Yuuichi Tam

Senior Member
Within sound of the little melancholy clock almost from their birth upward, they had dwelt together, Nello and Patrasche, in the little hut on the edge of the village.

This is from a novel "A Dog of Flanders". I can't understand the meaning of "almost from their birth upward". Could you teach me?
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    From soon after the moment they were born, until the present day.

    The use of "upward" is unusual; normally, for time, we would say "onward(s)". But using "upward" also suggests that they were growing up.
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