gently neglected


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How will I end?[...] Will I live to a gently neglected old age, ossifying by degrees? Will I become my own honoured statue? Or will the regime and I both topple and my stone replica along with me, to be dragged away and sold off as a curiosity, a lawn ornament, a chunk of gruesome kitsch?

The Testaments (sequel to The Handmaid's Tale) by Margaret Atwood

What does gently neglected imply?
I'm not sure how 'gently' works here.


Thank you.
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