Jean Lorrain: “The Madness of the Eyes is the Lure of the Abyss”

Photographer Unknown, (The Gaze)

“The madness of the eyes is the lure of the abyss. Sirens lurk in the dark depths of the pupils as they lurk at the bottom of the sea, that I know for sure – but I have never encountered them, and I am searching still for the profound and plaintive gazes in whose depths I might be able, like Hamlet redeemed, to drown the Ophelia of my desire.”

Jean Lorrain, Monsieur De Phocas 


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