Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Old age in literature

You can figure out an author's age by his descriptions of his characters:

Though over thirty, she still retained some remnants of beauty.

She was thirty-nine, but remarkably well-preserved.

A kind, grandfatherly old guy, around fifty, offered me a drink.

At forty-five, most of his life was behind him. Old age and the grave beckoned.

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