There was a quote about an old couple (I believe it was Death and the character played by David Jason, I forget his name), who having lived together for a long time, and having said everything, are now finally living their lives in harmony without all that unnecessary chit chat.

Does anyone know it, and where it is from?

  • I think I remember that about the relationship between Death and Albert, and it was mentioned in Mort. I don't have a good way to verify this right now though.
    – JMac
    Commented Jun 27, 2019 at 11:39
  • @JMac - Yes, Albert - I couldn't remember his name. Maybe somebody will be able to recall a direct quote.
    – Rook
    Commented Jun 27, 2019 at 11:41

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This is indeed Death and Albert, from Mort

(bolding mine)

Death strode into the stable, stooping a little to clear the ceiling. Albert nodded, not in any subservient way, Mort noticed, but simply out of form. Mort had met one or two servants, on the rare occasions he’d been taken into town, and Albert wasn’t like any of them. He seemed to act as though the house really belonged to him and its owner was just a passing guest, something to be tolerated like peeling paintwork or spiders in the lavatory. Death put up with it too, as though he and Albert had said everything that needed to be said a long time ago and were simply content, now, to get on with their jobs with the minimum of inconvenience all round. To Mort it was rather like going for a walk after a really bad thunderstorm—everything was quite fresh, nothing was particularly unpleasant, but there was the sense of vast energies just expended.

I found it by searching for discworld old couple "said everything"

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