One of the few things I understood in the chapter is when Thearou starts to talk about how most people who are doing jobs that turn them into machines, and they think that they can't do anything about it, yet he say's they can. "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation." Thearou is saying that when some one resigns, it is confirmed desperation, meaning they can't take it anymore and they want to be done with it.
Overall, I found it very interesting to see what Thearou thinks about how people live their lives and how he see's the elderly as miserable failures. I am interested to see how the rest of the book unfolds.