sábado, 28 de março de 2009


“The first thing to be said about growing old is that no one does it deliberately in order to annoy the young. Shakespeare is full of dramatic and entertaining old men. In Henry IV, Falstaff and old Mr Justice Shallow remembered the parties of their youth. Shallow, recalling some long-gone romance, asks if Jane Nightwork is dead. Falstaff replies with an obvious but sometimes forgotten truth: "She must be old, she cannot choose but be old."
So old age is not something gratefully put on in order to gain a seat on the bus. The truth of the matter is that our characters and characteristics are formed far back in our pasts. If you look in any school playground, you can identify that a loudmouth will become a politician or an innkeeper, the quiet lad who manages to increase his wealth by lending out his pocket money at a high rate of interest will become a merchant banker.
You can see that the one who thinks that he knows the answer to every question will become a television personality, and somewhere there is a lonely boy watching it all who may become a writer.
If, by the turn of a switch, you could see them all at an old boys' reunion lunch, you would know that little has changed other than the hair, the hearing aid and the width of their trousers. Like Jane Nightwork, they can't choose but be old and may not be any the worse for that.” - John Mortimor

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