War and Remembrance

Wouk, Herman

Pocket, 1980

pp. 267-268

A character named Pug Henry reflects on aging: “A poignant sense engulfed him of the one-way flow of time, of the offhand decisions, the slight impulsive mistakes, that could swell and become a man’s fate.” Now expectations had to be reduced, desires blunted, hopes deferred, chances lost, defeats conceded.