Fathers and Sons - Ivan Turgenev, Richard Freeborn

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"But to Nikolai, there remained the sense of a well-spent life, his son was growing up under his eyes; Pavel, on the contrary, a solitary bachelor, was entering upon that indefinite twilight period of regrets that are akin to hopes, and hopes that are akin to regrets, when youth is over, while old age has not yet come."

 

While not quite yet middle aged,  I certainly have felt the pinch during certain times of my life where I've wallowed in the melancholy that my best years are behind me and I've many missed opportunities.

 

Then I quit that crap, remember tomorrow isn't promised to me, and make the most of today.

 

Therefore my sympathy for Pavel is a trifle thin. Here's hoping his sympathetic character doesn't cross the line to pathetic.