Nouvelles de Saint-Pétersbourg.

Portrait Study of a Lady, (detail), by James Archer.

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How stupid not to be able to speak to her. She looked so kind. She looked so unhappy. Why couldn’t two unhappy people refresh each other on their way through this dusty business of life by a little talk, - real, natural talk, about what they felt, what they would have liked, what they still tried to hope?
Elizabeth Von Arnim, The Enchanted April.

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The Ambassadors, detail (1553)

Hans Holbein the Younger

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Your name, merely your name, floods my brain to a point of sweet disgust.
Alfred De Musset, Complete Writing

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Chopin, Polonaise No. 5, F Sharp Minor

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The Parting of Hero and Leander (detail), Joseph Mallord William Turner, before 1837


Me in Paris Summer 2009

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Boucheron Wave Tiara, c1910

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