Post by M David Steel on May 24, 2014 14:56:41 GMT -5
How old do you think Monty would have been? I know in the film he appears as about 60, but I think he would be somewhat younger really like only 40 - I know he is quite a bit older than Lemony and Hector.
Post by facelesscreature on May 30, 2014 12:24:14 GMT -5
Page 10 of TRR says that Monty is "short and chubby," but it is unclear how old. Page 31 of TRR implies that Monty has been studying snakes for over 47 years. This would possibly make him in his 60's. Page 93 of TRR implies that Monty is old because of what Olaf says.
Therefore, Monty must be at least 60, like he is portrayed in the movie.
Hope this helps.
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She's often interpreted as being quite old, but when she first appears in TWW, the only sign of that is that she has white hair, which doesn't necessarily mean much. There might be other indicators of her age, but I don't know if I'm prepared to reread the entirety of TWW right now to find out. I think she probably was imagined as being fairly old, though. Late fifties, sixties?
It just says forty years in my version. I initially took that to mean that Monty was about sixty, assuming that he started studying snakes at university (which he did attend, apparently unlike most volunteers): but as we meet a number of youthful experts in various fields during the series, it's possible that he would be younger.
Can we be sure, though, that he is a contemporary of L? He knew L when he was at school, but that's compatible with his being a teacher etc.
Josephine is called an old woman several times in the course of the story, though mostly by Olaf who may possibly be prejudiced. At least it suggests she is older than Olaf.
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