"With a terrifying lucidity she had the vision of her corpse and she drew her hands over her body to go to the depths of this idea which, although so simple, had but just come to her — that she bore her skeleton in her, that it was not a result of death, a metamorphosis, a culmination, but a thing which one carries about always, an inseparable specter of the human form — and that the scaffolding of life is already the symbol of death."Pierre Louÿs, Aphrodite — Ancient Manners

"With a terrifying lucidity she had the vision of her corpse and she drew her hands over her body to go to the depths of this idea which, although so simple, had but just come to her — that she bore her skeleton in her, that it was not a result of death, a metamorphosis, a culmination, but a thing which one carries about always, an inseparable specter of the human form — and that the scaffolding of life is already the symbol of death."

Pierre Louÿs, Aphrodite — Ancient Manners

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