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    awkward/demanding

    Hi

    An old man looked at an old woman and thought to himself:

    He looked at Miss Mayfield quite tenderly, because
    she, too, had lost the raucous, awkward, demanding,
    inestimably precious thing called youth, and she, too, had
    survived its loss.

    OK, I understand that the youth can be "raucous" because youg people want to go crazy, youth must be served, but I'm not sure why "awkward" and "demanding"?

    Does "awkward" could mean something like "troublesome"?
    And why "demanding"?
    Any ideas?

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    Re: awkward/demanding

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    An old man looked at an old woman and thought to himself:

    He looked at Miss Mayfield quite tenderly, because
    she, too, had lost the raucous, awkward, demanding,
    inestimably precious thing called youth, and she, too, had
    survived its loss.

    OK, I understand that the youth can be "raucous" because youg people want to go crazy, youth must be served, but I'm not sure why "awkward" and "demanding"?

    Does "awkward" could mean something like "troublesome"?
    And why "demanding"?
    Any ideas?
    They strike me as very apt adjectives.

    As a result of growing fast (in every way) young people are clumsy (in every way - physically, sexually, socially, intellectually...) This makes them awkward in various senses: yes, they are hard to deal with, but they are physically awkward (people often use the informal word 'gawky'), socially clumsy (sometimes intentionally), have an unrealistic view of risk....

    And 'demanding' - asking for, expecting things, 'the world owes me a living'...

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    Re: awkward/demanding

    Thanks for these explanations!

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