Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf

“How beautiful she looked, how unearthly, when she said that! Cool and clear, there swam in her eyes a conscious sadness. These eyes of hers seemed to have suffered all imaginable suffering and to have acquiesced in it. Her lips spoke with difficulty and as though something hindered them, as though a keen frost had tumbled her face; but between her lips at the corners of her mouth where the tip of her tongue showed at rare intervals, there was but sweet sensuality and inward delight that contradicted the expression of her face and tone of her voice.”


  • Alla Nazimova in Salomé (1923)
  • Belladonna of Sadness (1973)
  • Aubrey Breadsley, Rose Bush, pen and ink, 1893-94
  • Egon Schiele, Reclining Woman, Gouache, watercolour and pencil on cream wove paper, 1916

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