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by J.M. Coetzee

Disgrace Old Age Quotes

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Quote #7

He sighs again. How brief the summer, before the autumn and then the winter! (10.62)

Here, David ever-so-poetically bemoans the fact that his youth is over and that middle and old age are creeping up on him.

Quote #8

He has a sense that, inside him, a vital organ has been bruised, abused—perhaps even his heart. For the first time he has a taste of what it will be like to be an old man, tired to the bone, without hopes, without desires, indifferent to the future. (13.11)

After the attack, David and Lucy spend a lot of time moping around the house. Here, he thinks about how, like an old person, he doesn't have anything to look forward to. This says really depressing things about what David and Lucy are going through, but we also can't help thinking, dang that says sad things about the experience of old people, too!

Quote #9

As for her, she cannot hide from him what is passing through her mind: so this is the man my sister has been naked with! So this is the man she has done it with! This old man! (19.74)

OK, put yourself in Desiree's shoes. You find out your sister has had sex with a professor. Then you meet him and find him to be a little older and grayer than the guy you were picturing. Ew, you think as you make a face. Except that professor is at your place and sees you do it. Now put yourself in David's shoes. Ouch.

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