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    older than the century

    At thirteen, she was, as her grandfather liked to remind her, one year older than the century, and so a good deal wiser.

    I can't follow the bolded part. In the story "She" is thirteen and it is a story of the year 1911. Please help!

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    Re: older than the century

    Quote Originally Posted by frindle View Post
    At thirteen, she was, as her grandfather liked to remind her, one year older than the century, and so a good deal wiser.

    I can't follow the bolded part. In the story "She" is thirteen and it is a story of the year 1911. Please help!
    In 1911 the 20th century was 12 years old, so at 13, she is one year older.

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    Re: older than the century

    I'm older than the millenium.

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    Re: older than the century

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    In 1911 the 20th century was 12 years old, so at 13, she is one year older.
    Thank you, but I can't still understand. Why was the 20th century 12 years old?

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    Re: older than the century

    Quote Originally Posted by frindle View Post
    Thank you, but I can't still understand. Why was the 20th century 12 years old?
    The twentieth century started in 1900, that is to say that 1900 was the first year of the twentieth century, you do the maths.

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