This is the fourth disk in the series of 8 representing the 8 ages of man. This one is obviously the lover, with the hearts and the intertwined male and female symbols:
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But I had always thought that there were seven ages of Man, from the Shakespeare speech:
“All the world’s a stage” is the phrase that begins a monologue from William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, spoken by the melancholy Jaques in Act II Scene VII. The speech compares the world to a stage and life to a play, and catalogues the seven stages of a man’s life, sometimes referred to as the seven ages of man.All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players, They have their exits and entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages.
Which are, in brief:
1 Puking infant.
2 Whining school boy.
3 Young, sighing lover.
5 The “justice” or upstanding leader.
6 Silly old man who thinks he’s still young (“pantaloon”)
7 Super-old man, toothless, blind, and as helpless as a baby.
So here’s a problem. If this is the “Sighing lover”, and it clearly is, that’s the 3rd of Shakespeare’s ages, but the disk is clearly Number 4 in this 8 Age sequence.