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Detail Seven Ages



At the west end of the Old Reading Room, a stained-glass window depicts the "seven ages of man" from Jaques's speech in As You Like It. The seven ages depicted are, in order from left to right, infant, schoolboy, lover, soldier, justice, pantaloon, and old man. (Shakespeare’s term “pantaloon” comes from the Italian comedy character Pantalone and refers to a feeble old man.)

 

Although the window is exposed to exterior sunlight, it is in an interior space and is not visible from outside the building. To learn more about it, go to the page about the window listed at left.

   

 



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