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“Delicious ecstasy of excitement”
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“inspecting horseflesh…inspecting cuts on the slab.”
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“He stripped me, gourmand that he was, as if he were stripping the leaves off an artichoke”
The Bloody Chamber
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“examined her, limb by limb… bare as a lamb chop”
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"’the supreme and unique pleasure of love is the certainty that one is doing evil’"
The Bloody Chamber
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“When he saw my reluctance, his eyes veiled over and yet his appetite did not diminish.”
The Bloody Chamber
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“one false step and into the abyss of the dark you stumbled”
The Bloody Chamber
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“the morning would find me once more a virgin.”
The Bloody Chamber
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“'My virgin of the arpeggios, prepare yourself for martyrdom.'”
The Bloody Chamber
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“the opulent male scent of leather and spices”
The Bloody Chamber
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“his monstrous presence”
The Bloody Chamber
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“and I saw, not the massive, irredeemable bulk of my husband but the slight, stooping figure of the piano-tuner”
The Bloody Chamber
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“The atrocious loneliness of that monster!“
The Bloody Chamber
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“The heavy, bearded figure roared out aloud, braying with fury”
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“The faery solitude of the place”
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“that castle, at home neither on the land nor on the water, a mysterious, amphibious place”
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“That lovely, sad, sea-siren of a place”
The Bloody Chamber
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“The lilies I always associate with him; that are white. And stain you.”
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“They looked like the trumpets of the angels of death.”
The Bloody Chamber
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“I was alone, but for my reflection”
The Bloody Chamber
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“I had lost. Lost at that charade of innocence and vice in which he had engaged me. Lost, as the victim loses to the executioner.”
The Bloody Chamber
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“he had invited me to join this gallery of beautiful women”
The Bloody Chamber
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“I have a place prepared for your exquisite corpse in my display of flesh!”
The Bloody Chamber
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"this lovely prison of which I was both the inmate and the mistress”
The Bloody Chamber
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“I felt the exhilaration of the explorer.”
The Bloody Chamber
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“Absolute darkness. And, about me, the instruments of mutilation”
The Bloody Chamber
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“lovers whose embraces were annihilation.”
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“'It is the key that leads to the kingdom of the unimaginable”
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“an extraordinarily precious slit throat.”
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“’Of her apparel she retains/Only her sonorous jewellery. '”
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“A lectern, carved like a spread eagle”
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“'My little nun has found the prayerbooks, has she?’”
The Bloody Chamber
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“On her eighteenth birthday, my mother had disposed of a man-eating tiger”
The Bloody Chamber
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“the road is white and unmarked as a spilled bolt of bridal satin”
The Courtship of Mr Lyon
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“the pervasive atmosphere of a suspension of reality”
The Courtship of Mr Lyon
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“every window of the house blazed with furious light and a fugal baying, as of a pride of lions, introduced his host.”
The Courtship of Mr Lyon
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“the timeless spell of his house it seemed to possess the radiant and finite quality of dream”
The Courtship of Mr Lyon
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“air of exhaustion, of despair”
The Courtship of Mr Lyon
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“Miss Lamb, spotless, sacrificial.”
The Courtship of Mr Lyon
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“Do not think she had no will of her own”
The Courtship of Mr Lyon
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“she experienced a sudden sense of perfect freedom… Yet, with this exhilaration, a desolating emptiness”
The Courtship of Mr Lyon
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"a lacquer of the invincible prettiness that characterizes certain pampered, exquisite, expensive cats
The Courtship of Mr Lyon
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“one last, single, perfect rose … the last rose left living in all the white winter”
The Courtship of Mr Lyon
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“mazy head of hair, on the eyes green as agate, on the golden hairs”
The Courtship of Mr Lyon
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“leonine apparition”
The Courtship of Mr Lyon
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“for a lion is a lion and a man is a man”
The Courtship of Mr Lyon
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“Loneliness of the Beast”
The Courtship of Mr Lyon
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“distant, heroic resemblance to the handsomest of all the beasts”
The Courtship of Mr Lyon
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“she longed for the shabby home of their poverty”
The Courtship of Mr Lyon
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“she could not bring herself to touch him of her own free will, he was so different from herself.”
The Courtship of Mr Lyon
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“the deathly, sensual lethargy of the sweet South”
The Tiger's Bride
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“Gaping doors and broken windows… suites of vaulted chambers… infinite complexity of the innards of the place”
The Tiger's Bride
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“half-derelict façades of sheer red brick”
The Tiger's Bride
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“the pretty one, with my glossy, nut-brown curls, my rosy cheeks.”
The Tiger's Bride
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“I felt I was at liberty for the first time in my life.”
The Tiger's Bride
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“There is a crude clumsiness about his outlines... as if fighting a battle with himself to remain upright when he would far rather drop down on all fours”
The Tiger's Bride
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“He is a carnival figure”
The Tiger's Bride
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“And what, I wondered, might be the exact nature of his 'beastliness'”
The Tiger's Bride
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“the tiger-man will come and take you away”
The Tiger's Bride
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“The artificial masterpiece of his face appals me.”
The Tiger's Bride
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"beasts in *******”
The Tiger's Bride
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“horses, noblest of creatures, such wounded sensitivity in their wise eyes, such rational restraint of energy at their high-strung hindquarters.”
The Tiger's Bride
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“my shining black companion”- “The Beast, wrapped in a black fur-lined cloak”
The Tiger's Bride
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“the six of us--mounts and riders, both”
The Tiger's Bride
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"The lamb must learn to run with the tigers”
The Tiger's Bride
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“The tiger sat still as a heraldic beast… Nothing about him reminded me of humanity.”
The Tiger's Bride
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“a delicate creature… the gentlest creature in the world”
The Tiger's Bride
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“my father abandoned me to the wild beasts by his human carelessness”.
The Tiger's Bride
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“I was a young girl, a virgin, and therefore men denied me rationality just as they denied it to all those who were not exactly like themselves”
The Tiger's Bride
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“She is a marvellous machine… clockwork twin of mine”
The Tiger's Bride
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“clicked and jangled into the imitation of life”
The Tiger's Bride
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“had I not been allotted only the same kind of imitative life amongst men that the doll-maker had given her?”
The Tiger's Bride
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"send her back to perform the part of my father's daughter.”
The Tiger's Bride
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“I felt my breast ripped apart as if I suffered a marvellous wound.”
The Tiger's Bride
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“I felt as much atrocious pain as if I was stripping off my own underpelt”
The Tiger's Bride
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“white meat of contract”
The Tiger's Bride
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“his appetite need not be my extinction”.
The Tiger's Bride
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“the harsh velvet of his head against my hand, then a tongue, abrasive as sandpaper. 'He will lick the skin off me!'”
The Tiger's Bride
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“For what lady in all the world could say 'no' to the passionate yet toujours discret advances of a fine marmalade cat?”
Puss-in-Boots
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“Do you see these fine, high, shining leather boots of mine?”
Puss-in-Boots
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“my habitual smile… we have our smiles, as it were, painted on”
Puss-in-Boots
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“for Tabs and I smile all day long and, these days, we put our hearts in it.”
Puss-in-Boots
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“he's handsome enough”
Puss-in-Boots
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“he made the beast with two backs with every harlot in the city”
Puss-in-Boots
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“moonstruck zany, lovelorn loon”
Puss-in-Boots
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“A princess in a tower… Chained to a dolt and dragon-guarded.'”
Puss-in-Boots
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“she is the divinity he's come to worship”
Puss-in-Boots
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“the very sanctuary of the goddess”
Puss-in-Boots
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“an iron-plated, copper-bottomed, sworn man-hater of some sixty bitter winters”
Puss-in-Boots
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“his goggle eyes and his limp, his avarice, his gore belly, his rheumaticks, and his flag hangs all the time at half-mast indeed”
Puss-in-Boots
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“the lovely lady's lubbery husband hump off on his horse”
Puss-in-Boots
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“So may all your wives, if you need them, be rich and pretty; and all your husbands, if you want them, be young and virile”
Puss-in-Boots
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“the hazard of it draws him”
Puss-in-Boots
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“Enough to melt the thorniest heart.”
Puss-in-Boots
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“'I'm burning with the fever of love!'”
Puss-in-Boots
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"I gave her the customary tribute of a few firm thrusts of my striped loins”
Puss-in-Boots
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“convince her her orifice will be your salvation and she's yours.'”
Puss-in-Boots
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“no element of the farcical must mar this first, delirious encounter of these lovers, must it.”
Puss-in-Boots
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“shows him the target, he displays the dart, scores an instant bullseye. Bravo!”
Puss-in-Boots
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“the splendid, feline nakedness of my kind, that offers no concealment of that soul made manifest in the flesh of lovers”
Puss-in-Boots
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“these vertical bars of a brass-coloured distillation of light”
The Erl King
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“there is not much in the autumn wood to make you smile… not quite yet, the saddest time of the year”
The Erl King
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“there is a haunting sense of the imminent cessation of being”
The Erl King
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“The woods enclose… the wood swallows you up”
The Erl King
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“the subtle labyrinth”
The Erl King
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“All will fall still, all lapse.”
The Erl King
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“the bird-haunted solitude of the Erl-King”
The Erl King
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“my girlish and delicious loneliness”
The Erl King
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“I am not afraid of him; only, afraid of vertigo, of the vertigo with which he seizes me. Afraid of falling down.”
The Erl King
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“I have seen the cage you are weaving for me”
The Erl King
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“lullabies for foolish virgins”
The Erl King
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“softly, with hands as gentle as rain, I shall strangle him”
The Erl King
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“His eyes are quite green…There are some eyes can eat you.”
The Erl King
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“he came alive from the desire of the woods.”
The Erl King
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“the tender butcher”
The Erl King
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“so much the spirit of the place”
The Erl King
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“Eyes green as apples. Green as dead sea fruit.”
The Erl King
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“His embraces were his enticements”
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“he lies half dreaming, half waking”
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“the sweetest singers he will keep in cages”
The Erl King
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“the robin, the friend of man, in spite of the wound in his breast from which Erl-King tore out his heart.”
The Erl King
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“A young girl would go into the wood as trustingly as Red Riding Hood to her granny's house”
The Erl King
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“she will be trapped in her own illusion”
The Erl King
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"I lie at the mercy of his huge hands.”
The Erl King
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“the price of flesh is love; skin the rabbit, he says! Off come all my clothes.”
The Erl King
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“His touch both consoles and devastates me;”
The Erl King
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“Midwinter--invincible, immaculate”
The Snow Child
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“the whole world was white”
The Snow Child
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“The Count and his wife”
The Snow Child
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“wrapped in the glittering pelts of black foxes”
The Snow Child
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“black, shining boots with scarlet heels, and spurs”
The Snow Child
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“'I wish I had a girl as white as snow…red as blood… black as that bird's feather”
The Snow Child
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“she was the child of his desire and the Countess hated her”
The Snow Child
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"bleeds; screams; falls.”
The Snow Child
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“nothing left of her but a feather a bird might have dropped; a bloodstain,”
The Snow Child
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“now you are at the place of annihilation”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“all the roses her dead mother planted have grown up into a huge, spiked wall that incarcerates her”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“the great bulk of the mansion above them, whose façade loured over the village”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“the dark entrails of the mansion”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“down endless corridors, up winding staircases”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“this vile and murderous room”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“both death and the maiden”.
The Lady of the House of Love
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“she is herself a cave full of echoes, she is a system of repetitions, she is a closed circuit.”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“her beauty is an abnormality, a deformity…a symptom of her disorder, of her soullessness”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“teeth as fine and white as spikes of spun sugar”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“nothing can console her for the ghastliness of her condition”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“a girl with the fragility of the skeleton”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“a morbid mouth…a whore’s mouth”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“she is like a doll… like a great, ingenious piece of clockwork”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“she might be an automaton, made of white velvet and black fur”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“She has the mysterious solitude of ambiguous states; she hovers in a no-man's land between life and death”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“I was only an invention of darkness”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“He has the special quality of virginity… ignorance, yet at the same time, power in potentia”
The Lady of the House of Love
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exemplary fate in the trenches” “rooted in change and time… about to collide with the timeless Gothic eternity of the vampires”
The Lady of the House of Love
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"in the invisible… pentacle of his virginity, the young man stepped over the threshold of Nosferatu's castle and did not shiver”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“A fundamental disbelief in what he sees before him sustains him”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“And though he feels unease, he cannot feel terror; so he is like the boy in the fairy tale,”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“This lack of imagination gives his heroism to the hero.”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“A great, intoxicated surge of the heavy scent of red roses… inducing a sensuous vertigo; a blast of rich, faintly corrupt sweetness strong enough almost, to fell him.”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“I leave you as a souvenir the dark, fanged rose I plucked from between my thighs”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“their corrupt, brilliant, baleful splendour.”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“a sullen mound of drab feathers”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“the liquid cascade of the song of a lark, bringing to him, in the heart--had he but known it--of Juliet's tomb, all the freshness of morning”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“she only knows of one kind of consummation.”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“The bridegroom bleeds on my inverted marriage bed.”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“its eyes roll upwards in a spasm you will mistake for that of love and not of death.”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“ceaselessly construing a constellation of possibilities”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“the beautiful somnambulist helplessly perpetuates her ancestral crimes”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“she is the hereditary commandant of the army of shadows”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“vindictive inhabitants who manifest their presences by shadows…too many shadows”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“How can she bear the pain of becoming human?”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“The end of exile is the end of being.”
The Lady of the House of Love
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“Cold; tempest; wild beasts in the forest”
The Werewolf
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“Harsh, brief, poor lives.”
The Werewolf
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“The good child does as her mother bids”
The Werewolf
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“scabby coat of sheepskin”
The Werewolf
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“The child wiped the blade of her knife clean on her apron”
The Werewolf
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“Now the child lived in her grandmother's house; she prospered.”
The Werewolf
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“The wolf let out a gulp, almost a sob… wolves are less brave than they seem”
The Werewolf
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“It went for her throat, as wolves do”
The Werewolf
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“To these upland woodsmen, the Devil is as real as you or I”
The Werewolf
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“the forest close upon her like a pair of jaws”
The Company of Wolves
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“carnivore incarnate”
The Company of Wolves
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“once he's had a taste of flesh then nothing else will do.”
The Company of Wolves
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“The wolfsong …in itself a murdering”
The Company of Wolves
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“wolves grow lean and famished.”
The Company of Wolves
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“slavering jaws; the lolling tongue; the rime of saliva”
The Company of Wolves
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“irremediable appetites”
The Company of Wolves
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“condemn him to wolfishness”
The Company of Wolves
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“no sign of a wolf…nor a naked man… [but] a fully clothed one”
The Company of Wolves
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“devastating eyes as red as a wound”
The Company of Wolves
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“his skin is the colour and texture of vellum”
The Company of Wolves
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“the red shawl…[like] blood on snow”
The Company of Wolves
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“her cheeks are an emblematic scarlet and white”
The Company of Wolves
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“she is an unbroken egg…a sealed vessel...she is a closed system”
The Company of Wolves
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“her scarlet shawl, the colour of poppies, the colour of sacrifices, the colour of her menses”
The Company of Wolves
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“she knew she was nobody’s meat”
The Company of Wolves
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“between the paws of the tender wolf”
The Company of Wolves
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“the wolves have ways of arriving at your own hearthside…we cannot keep them out”
The Company of Wolves
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“as if the beasts would love to be less beastly”
The Company of Wolves
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“we keep the wolves outside by living well”
The Company of Wolves
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“she will lay his fearful head on her lap and she will pick out the lice from his pelt”
The Company of Wolves
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“savage marriage ceremony”
The Company of Wolves
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“They will be like shadows, they will be like wraiths”
The Company of Wolves
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“Midnight; and the clock strikes”
The Company of Wolves
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“a man, headless, footless, dying, dead.”
The Company of Wolves
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“the pelt peeled off again and he was just as he had been”
The Company of Wolves
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“he has a wolf’s heart”
The Company of Wolves
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“she would have called herself a wolf”
Wolf Alice
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“Her pace is not our pace.”
Wolf Alice
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“Nothing about her is human except that she is not a wolf”
Wolf Alice
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“She sleeps in the soft, warm ashes of the hearth”
Wolf Alice
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“her silence and howling a language as authentic as any language of nature”
Wolf Alice
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“the wolves had tended her because they knew she was an imperfect wolf; we secluded her in animal privacy out of fear of her imperfection”
Wolf Alice
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“it seemed to her the congregation in the church was ineffectually attempting to imitate the wolves’ chorus”
Wolf Alice
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“She inhabits only the present tense…as without hope as it is without despair.”
Wolf Alice
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“the moon, the governess of transformations”
Wolf Alice
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“the abyss between her dreams, those wakings strange as sleeping”
Wolf Alice
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“the moonlight spilled into the Duke’s motionless bedroom”
Wolf Alice
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“he passed through the mirror and now, henceforward, lives as if upon the other side of things”
Wolf Alice
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“some kind, possibly, of invisible cage?”
Wolf Alice
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“her companion, was in fact, no more than a particularly ingenious variety of the shadow she cast”
Wolf Alice
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“first, a formless web of tracery…the in firmer yet still shadowed outline until at last as vivid as life itself”
Wolf Alice
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“his eyes see only appetite”
Wolf Alice
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“both less and more than a man”
Wolf Alice
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“poor, wounded thing…locked half and half between such strange states, an aborted transformation”
Wolf Alice
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“a reek of meat”
Wolf Alice
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“once-worn ball dresses…heaped in the corners of his bloody chamber”
Wolf Alice
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