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Thirty-Three Year Old – Philip Marlowe

I sipped the drink. The old man licked his lips watching me, over and over again, drawing one lip slowly across the other with a funeral absorption, like an undertaker dry-washing his hands.

‘Tell me about yourself, Mr Marlowe. I suppose I have a right to ask?’

‘Sure, but there’s very little to tell. I’m thirty-three years old, went to college once and can still speak English if there’s any demand for it. There isn’t much in my trade. I worked for Mr Wilde, the District Attorney, as an investigator once. His chief investigator, a man names Bernie Ohls, called me and told me you wanted to see me. I’m unmarried because I don’t like policemen’s wives.

‘And a little bit of a cynic,’ the old man smiled. ‘You didn’t like working for Wilde?’

‘I was fired. For insubordination. I test very high on insubordination, General.’

Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep

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Thirty-Three Year Old – Offred

 

What I need is perspective. The illusion of depth, created by a frame, the arrangement of shapes on a flat surface. Perspective is necessary. Otherwise there are only two dimensions. Otherwise you live with your face squashed against a wall, everything a huge foreground, of details, close-ups, hairs, the weave of the bedsheet, the molecules of the face. Your own skin like a map, a diagram of futility, crisscrossed with tiny roads that lead nowhere. Otherwise you live in the moment. Which is not where I want to be.

But that’s where I am, there’s no escaping it. Time’s a trap, I’m caught in it. I forget about my secret name and all ways back. My name is Offred now, and here is where I live.

Live in the present, make the most of it, it’s all you’ve got.

Time to take stock.

I am thirty-three years old. I have brown hair. I stand five seven without shoes. I have trouble remembering what I used to look like. I have variable ovaries. I have one more chance.

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

Published in: 33 Years Old | on May 29th, 2010 | No Comments »