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Age of Iron

Age of Iron


by J.M. Coetzee

Age of Iron The Home Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #1

"This is a big house," he said. "You could turn it into a boarding house."

I made a tired gesture.

"You could let rooms to students," he went on relentlessly. (1.35-37)

Vercueil points out that Mrs. Curren has plenty of rooms to spare and could give other people a nice place to live. This is a great example of the divide we see between Mrs. Curren's view of her home as a private place and (seemingly) everyone else's attitude that she should give other people somewhere to crash since she has plenty of space.

Quote #2

"He must go home," I said. "This is getting too much for me. I can't have brawling in my backyard. I can't have strangers walking in and out." (2.74)

Mrs. Curren's home is often anything but a safe, quiet space. Here, we see how she feels like she's losing control over her own domain.

Quote #3

"Very well," I said, "I will not make that mistake again. But I cannot turn my home into a haven for all the children running away from the townships.

"But why not?" asked Florence, leaning forward. "Why not?" (2.134-135)

Florence and Mrs. Curren have a lot of differing opinions, but this is a particularly interesting conflict. Florence and her family are basically living at Mrs. Curren's place and Florence's son, Bheki, brings in a friend who creates a lot of disturbances. Mrs. Curren sees this as an intrusion: it's her home, after all. Florence sees things differently, perhaps because she knows what the alternative is.

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