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Pure love for the absolute essence is consciousness estranged from itself. It remains to be seen more closely how to determine what is the other, and that other must be considered only in connection with this other. At first glance, he appears to have pure love toward himself rather than toward the world of usefulness, but he is itself the flight of this world, and also having the opposite resolve, he wears this usefulness in its midst.

Tiger Lily can only work on a perfectly level floor, ideally on a sandy beach. Her laterality is both twisted and inferior; her loving thoughts emphasize the striking homology of the Serpent and the hemlock. Her pulse is elusive, her nails blue; she usually lies on her back, head thrown back and eyes closed. When out of moral torpor she opens her eyes, she blasts those around for their clever indifference. At the point where, according to the violence of desire, the separation of things reaches the black secrets of alchemy, the gaze of the woman ― whose rare incarnations still guide us to shaggy precipices ― struck love and its invariable appeal.

The sharp nerves, the cat’s sparks, the solar migraine, the cries, the twisted arm, stumbling on the waves of crystals, explosive stammering, sharp cries, groundless sighs, occult rage, the horror of living, hoarse cries, bloodstained hair, dresses cut with a razor, the exhibition of suicide, the speed of mad gazes, arrogant deception, the murderous scandal, lost cries, voluptuous spasms ― all that and the pallor and the silence can never express the intractable challenge of all that is only crossed by the magnetism of eternal love.

O Malombra, evil shadow.

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