The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
"But just think how it would be if every one else looked at things as you do – what would the world be like?"
As this was an inane and unanswerable argument Benjamin made no reply. (1.8.11-12)
"Look!" people would remark. "What a pity! A young fellow that age tied to a woman of forty-five. He must be twenty years younger than his wife." They had forgotten – as people inevitably forget – that back in 1880 their mammas and papas had also remarked about this same ill-matched pair. (1.8.14)
In 1920 Roscoe Button's first child was born. During the attendant festivities, however, no one thought it "the thing" to mention, that the little grubby boy, apparently about ten years of age who played around the house with lead soldiers and a miniature circus, was the new baby's own grandfather. (2.1.1)