succumbed to the mortality


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Hi everyone
What is meant by "granny is three-quarters succumbed to the mortality..." in the following context from "The Company of Wolves" by Angela Carter:
Aged and frail, granny is three-quarters succumbed to the mortality the ache in her bones promises her and almost ready to give in entirely.
  • Ellieanne

    Senior Member
    British English, South East
    ‘The ache in granny’s bones is promising her (informing her) that her mortality is approaching, and she is three-quarters of the way to reaching her death’.