My seventies were interesting and fairly serene, but 'my eighties are passionate,"" remarks the author. A writer and Jungian analyst whose Women and Sometimes Men appeared in 1957. Mrs Scott-Maxwell is attuned to the inner world (""I observe others, but I experience myself""), sees age as apocalyptic. She writes of life as she is experiencing herself and from the point beyond resignation. ""We are forced to be unwilling heroes."" Yet she wishes to be enjoyed, sees the crucial task of the old to retain sufficient balance to remain ""a sentient human being."" Her musings move in a half-light between insight and reverie, summon up the experience of age as well as its perceptions.