And they turned their parents into animals. These parents were, she observed, exhausted, they were in a state of animal exhaustion. They could not have cared less about themselves or their appearance, they were colourless, as thought the children had sucked out all of their human energy surplus. They had become sexless. the women especially, they seemed milked, dry, drained, desiccated.
The Woman & The Ape - Peter Høeg