The narrator recalls his adolescence. He is a writer for several papers. His old friend Mr. Micawber, who was landlord of the narrator as child, went bankrupt twice, works as the clerk for a local lawyer Uriah Heep. He met Mr. Micawber in the front of King's bench prison where Mr. Micawber was incarcerate as a debtor, took him to his great aunt's house. ................................................ 'My employer, ma'am - Mr. Heep - once did me the favour to observe to me, that if I were not in the receipt of the stipendiary emoluments appertaining to my engagement with him, I should probably be a mountebank about the country, swallowing a sword-blade, and eating the devouring element. For anything that I can perceive to the contrary, it is still probable that my children may be reduced to seek a livelihood by personal contortion, while Mrs. Micawber abets their unnatural feats by playing the barrel-organ.' [David Copperfield by Charles Dickens] I'd like to know why it is "be reduced to seek a livelihood," not "be reduced to seeking a livelihood." Thank you in advance for your help.