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Age of Iron
Age of Iron
by J.M. Coetzee
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Age of Iron Mortality Quotes Page 4

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There may be no way of keeping a space in the heart private for you or anyone else. All may be erased. All. It is a terrible thought. Enough to make one rebel, to make one say: If that is how things are to be, I withdraw: here is my ticket, I am handing it back. But I doubt very much that the handing back of tickets will be allowed, for whatever reason. (4.128)

Here, Mrs. Curren talks to Vercueil about what the afterlife might be like. She wants to promise to watch over him, but she doesn't know if it's possible. In fact, she wonders if the afterlife is even something she wants to experience.

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