So, why would characters in New Moon look ancient if they are vampires who do not age? In New Moon the readers are introduced to the "Volturi."  The three brothers are described as looking acient. We are told the "Volturi" are over 3000 years old but no where does it say they were old when they were turned to vampires. The other fact that would be used to not have the "Volturi look old is that people that lived 3000 years ago only had alife expectancy of about 35 years."

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In my opinion, this is a figurative description in regards to both New Moon and in regards to the original Twilight .  In fact, I remember feeling the same way when reading a similar description in the original novel.  Even if someone like Edward looks young, he can be described...

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In my opinion, this is a figurative description in regards to both New Moon and in regards to the original Twilight.  In fact, I remember feeling the same way when reading a similar description in the original novel.  Even if someone like Edward looks young, he can be described as looking "ancient" if his general demeanor (and even his actions surrounding his demeanor) seems to project great age.  Simple looks can declare wisdom.  Often this idea revolves around the eyes and how they are figuratively "the windows to the soul."  Small noticeable moments, like the lack of becoming defensive in an argument and not feeling the need to talk too much, can also prove someone wise beyond his years.  Also adding to the projection of wisdom are the stories these vampires tell of times long past, . . . times that young and old people today would consider to be far before their time.

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