Abbott: You're 40 years old, and you're in love with a little girl, say 10 years old. You're four times as old as that girl. You couldn't marry that girl, could you?
Abbott: So you wait 5 years. Now the little girl is 15, and you're 45. You're only three times as old as that girl. So you wait 15 years more. Now the little girl is 30, and you're 60. You're only twice as old as that little girl. ?
Costello: She's catching up.
Abbott: Here's the question. How long do you have to wait before you and that little girl are the same age?
Costello: What kind of question is that? That's ridiculous. If I keep waiting for that girl, she'll pass me up. She'll wind up older than I am. Then she'll have to wait for me!
Gilbert and Sullivan wrote:
Ida was a twelve month oldTwenty years agoI was twice her age I'm toldTwenty years agoHusband twice as old as wifeArgues ill for married lifeBaleful prophecies were rifeTwenty years agoStill I was a tiny princeTwenty years agoShe has gained upon me sinceTwenty years agoNow she's twenty-one it's trueI am barely twenty-twoFalse and foolish prophets youTwenty years ago