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    the afternoon of life

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    In the afternoon of life, when his powers began to fall, he turned to an easier field of endeavor.

    the afternoon of life = the second half of life; the decline of life

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    Re: the afternoon of life

    You appear to be right with the second half of life. I am not sure that you are necessarily right about decline, though it would certainly apply in your example. I have only ever encountered in the evening of (his) life, which to me clearly suggests the onset of darkness/death.

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