Friday, July 3, 2009

Pronouns are for Kids?

We were learning pronouns for our Structure and Grammar lecture just now. Almost at the end of the lecture we noticed a suspicious looking passage and I thought I might share it with you.

Delia looked out of the window and watched the setting sun. Her children would soon be home and she would have to tell them the awful truth. She wished she could avoid facing her children but the time had come when she could no longer keep her secret to herself. She had to tell her children what the doctor had told her that morning.

We were supposed to put in the correct pronouns in this passage by the way. Anyways, by this time you will think there's nothing wrong in this passage but can't help in feeling sad for the lady because she might have some sort of illness and the poor children will not be able to take care of themselves. But wait! Let's continue on with the passage shall we?

She was seventy years old. (Huh? oh okay, she's an old woman!) She had lived a happy and full life. But now she was facing the unknown. What would her children say? Would they understand? Would they understand her need to share her last few years with the doctor? Would they understand why she wanted to marry him?

Yes, ladies and gentleman. That is the passage. Horrors upon horrors! There are a few uncertainties regarding this passage though. My friends and I had a ball discussing this passage. Who did the proposing? What does it mean when the sentence said "She had to tell her children what the doctor had told her that morning,"? Very weird indeed. Definitely not an exercise for the kids. Mind you, most of the examples in the notes were quite glum and "emo" looking. I can't help wondering what the point was in the exercise. The pronouns are all repetitious in case you haven't noticed. It's all sprinkled with "she" and "her". Was the reason really to let us see the passage? My friend felt the old lady was extremely horny because the age here is well....matured....extremely matured. Like one feet in the grave, that kind of matured. So why did "Miss" Delia wanted to marry again? Because of my friend's thoughts it got me thinking.

Here's a question. Would you get married if you found your loved one, the "One" so to say, when you are seventy? I mean, you have been looking for that one true love for so long and finally you found him/her. Will age be an obstacle when you truly love someone? I guess the argument here would simply the age factor. You're really old by that time. In fact, you could die any moment seeing as that is the average age a person can live until. So I guess most people will think why get married anyway. You can live together and no one is going to care. There is no reason as to why you should want to get married at that age.

But cases like that do happen. There are news about old grandmothers and grandfathers getting married in the newspaper once in a blue moon. I think in the end it kind of depends on what perception we have on the idea of marriage. To some, it is just a piece of certificate to show that they belong to each other until it is annulled but to others it could be a promise. A promise and a symbol that represents their love and affection for each other. Maybe if the person's perception on marriage is the latter one, they would not care what the society have to say about them but to just go ahead and got married instead. I guess news like that are only published here because it is so rare and it might not even show up on foreign newspapers if it had happened there. Or will they? Hmm...either way what do you think? Will you get married if you were to fall in love when you are seventy?


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