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Forever Forty

30 Jan

Fortieth Birthday CakeThe three of us at A Classic Case of Madness are roughly the same age.  Roughly.  We do straddle a milestone birthday, which made this quote from Madame Merle in Chapter XIX stand out.

“I judge more than I used to,” she said to Isabel, “but it seems to me one has earned the right.  One can’t judge till one’s forty; before that we’re too eager, too hard, too cruel, and in addition much too ignorant . . . I often think that after forty one can’t really feel.  The freshness, the quickness have certainly gone.”

So, what do you think dear friends?  I’m not sure whether or not I’m happy to be on my particular side of the decade divide.

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5 Comments

Posted by on January 30, 2013 in The Portrait of a Lady

 

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5 responses to “Forever Forty

  1. Jeannette

    January 30, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Great. So before forty I was a stupid, thoughtless attention-grabber, but now I’m slow, dull, and incapable of feeling? Thanks. You just made my morning. 🙂

     
  2. Jeannette

    January 30, 2013 at 7:48 am

    James, I have to say, I don’t agree with you!

     
  3. dangermom

    January 30, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I thought that was a pretty obnoxious comment by Madame Merle, and certainly an indication of her character. I’m not a Madam Merle fan!

     
  4. Christine

    January 30, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    My that looks like a delicious birthday dessert. I wonder whose it was.

     
  5. Fanda

    January 30, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    …and what about ‘life begins at forty’ that people are saying… ?
    I think it’s just the cynical Madame Merle who can say that, or it’s perhaps because women at that age (at 18-19th century) have been bored and tired of their marriage?

     

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