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In the short story, Reginald on the Academy, Saki writes:

“To have reached thirty,” said Reginald, “is to have failed in life.”

Why does Reginald consider it a failure to reach the age of thirty?

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It is simply an ironic summary of the preceding sentence:

“Someone who Must Not be Contradicted said that a man must be a success by the time he’s thirty, or never.”

If you have achieved nothing of note by the time that you have attained your thirtieth year, you are unlikely to achieve anything afterwards.

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    Would Reginald's statement differ from the preceding sentence in terms of sentiment expressed, rather than being a summary? In his statement, Reginald only ascribes failure to the action of reaching thirty, and does not relate it to one's past record of failures or successes, thus would he not be implying that that upon reaching thirty one is a failure regardless? – TomDot Com Aug 22 at 21:45
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Without any more context it would appear to be a flippant way of saying that all that is worthwhile in life is the province of the young -- to grow as old as thirty is to become a staid, dull person living a quite pointless life.

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