He appeared to be of an age far beyond that of Katya's father, yet she couldn't believe that he was her grandfather's age: that terrifying limbo of free fall when specific ages become, to the young, beside the point. To the young there are no meaningful degrees of old, as there are no degrees of dead: either you are, or you are not. [pp.5-6]Well, for me there are definite degrees of old, but then it's been a long time since anyone would have accused me of being among the young.
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