| Quote #1
Silenus's true age might be anywhere from ninety to a hundred and fifty standard years. If he were close to the latter age, the Consul knew, the odds were that the poet was quite mad. (1.27)
Even if he isn't 150, Silenus has been mad a long, long time. But we're wondering—does age still lead to dementia in the future? Is a person who reaches 150 years old destined to be crazy?
| Quote #2
Ah, Edouard, boys together, classmates together […] now old men together. (1.187)
The only person Father Duré thinks of while living amongst the Bikura is his friend, Edouard, both of whom have grown old together. Like fine wine, friendship gets better with age: the best is yet to be.
| Quote #3
I peer at my face in the pool near the waterfall and see only the same long, aging countenance that I have learned to dislike in recent years. (1.589)
We're not sure why the Consul hasn't had Poulsen treatments if he's so unhappy with growing old. A man with his own private spacecraft and Steinway piano has to be loaded, right? Or is there some other reason that he dislikes his face?