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Age of Iron

Age of Iron


by J.M. Coetzee

Age of Iron Principles Quotes

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Quote #10

"I want to speak to you seriously," I said. "You are too young for this kind of thing. I told Bheki so and I tell you again. You must listen to me. I am an old person, I know what I am talking about. You are still children. You are throwing away your lives before you know what life can be. What are you – fifteen years old? Fifteen is too young to die. Eighteen is too young. Twenty-one is too young." (3.463)

Based on her own experiences, Mrs. Curren has a view of what's right on principle, and we've got to agree with her on this one.  She knows how fragile life is, and she doesn't want to see John throw his away.

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