Portrait Study of a Lady, (detail), by James Archer.
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?
Chopin, Polonaise No. 5, F Sharp Minor
The Parting of Hero and Leander (detail), Joseph Mallord William Turner, before 1837