What does it feel like to be approaching the wrong end of middle age? For the moment at least, the differences between the young diplomat of 30 years ago and the aging writer of today are more psychological than physical. Naturally. I can hardly ignore the inevitable change in my outward appearance. My hair has gonewell, silver; the whites of my eyes occasionally look more like yolks; and I’ve got heavier round the middle. But all this is merely on the surface inside. I’m not really conscious of feeling very much older than I did my younger days.
Mentally, however, it’s another story. It is no longer a surprise to come into a room and to find that I’m the oldest person in it, but notice the fact all the same. It’s a long time since I stopped worrying about policemen being younger than me; when, on the other hand, I find generals, archbishops and High Court judges in the same happy situation. I tend to grow thoughtful …
Now for the compensations. And there are plenty of them, and by no means the least is a new found independence. Until now, responsibilities seem to have increased year by year; now, thankfully they begin to diminish, and are replaced by new opportunities.
These are positive compensations; there are also negative ones which can be appreciated just as much. Immense pleasure can be got from Putting Things Behind One. My own recent decisiontaken with immense reliefhas been to give up all efforts to understand modern music. There is more than enough music from the17th, 18th and 19th centuries to keep me happy for the rest of my life. Now, at last, I can face the fact that I just don’t like 20th century music.
Finally, it’s goodbye to hypochondria. When I was young I constantly worried about my health and imagined I had all sorts of terrible diseases. Now those days are over. I love every moment of my life and want it to go on for as long as possible until I become senile or a burden to my family and friends, at which point I would like it to stop at once. I can honestly say that I have had and am still having a wonderful time.
26.In the passage, what is the writer mainly talking about?
A) We should take an objective attitude towards the problem of getting old.
B) We can have compensations while getting old.
C) Getting old is a terrible thing.
D) We should refuse to accept the fact of getting old.
27.According to the passage, the changes of the writer while getting old
are the following except ____.
A) the hair has become white
B) the whites of the eyes look like yellow
C) the man becomes fat
D) the difference between the young and the aging writer is more in his o
utward appearance than in his inside
28.According to the writer, what is not the advantage of getting old?
A) New opportunities take the place of responsibilities.
B) Immense pleasure can be got from negative compensations.
C) Generals, archbishops and High Court judges are all happy while getting old.
D) Hypochondria will not disturb you any longer.
29.What is the meaning of Putting Things Behind One?
A) To put things that should be done after another one. B) To give up.
C) To do the things as you like. D) To delay the time of finishing the work.
30.What is the writer’s attitude towards the problem of getting old?
A) Optimistic.B) Pessimistic.C) Indifferent. D) Tolerant.