The problem with getting old: you want to look young, but you don’t want people to speak down to you.
Hugh gets really annoyed because of course all the old people use informal language with him in the village, and while that’s not rude in itself, some of the old men are quite rude when they come into the mini store his parents have on the farm. So when he goes to the next town for errands and it’s people a similar age to him, he wants to hear respectful language.
He does sometimes look like a student though….
(Don’t smoke people! All his smoker friends look way older now).