I'm now forty, and after all forty is an entire lifetime, it really is extreme old age. It isn't done to live beyond forty, it's vulgar and immoral. Who lives beyond forty, give me an honest answer? I'll tell you who does: fools and good-for-nothings. . . . I've got the right to speak thus because I myself will live to be sixty. I'll live to be seventy! I'll live to be eighty!
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Source Notes: Notes from the Underground (chapter 1) (1864), trans. Jane Kentish (1991). The comments of a man who opens his narrative by declaring himself sick, spiteful, unattractive, and possibly suffering from a liver ailment.
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