Ramon Casas i Carbó, La Grasse Matinée, 1900
He saw me, and I saw, and was ordained.
No god so dreadful, none so sweet as he.
- The Bacchae, Euripides (trans. Margaret Kinmont Tennant)
Soviet soldiers play a nocturne for their comrades amidst the ruins of battle. Novoshahtinsk, Rostov Oblast, Russia, Soviet Union. Autumn 1942. Photograph by Yakov Khalip.
Michel-Martin Drolling, Achilles (1910) / Arctic Monkeys, Crying Lightning (2009)
There’s a lovely old English myth that if someone who truely loved and trusted the werewolf called it by name that it would turn back to human.
Others include throwing their human clothes at it and it’d turn back but that’s a bit less romantic
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On the seashore - George Elgar Hicks
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My lords, the present occasion is too serious to allow me to follow the convention that a woman should not speak in a man’s council. Those whose interests are threatened by extreme danger should only think of the wisest course of action, not of conventions.
In my opinion, flight is not the right course, even if it should bring us to safety. It is impossible for a person, having been born into this world, not to die; but for one who has reigned, it is intolerable to be a fugitive. May I never be deprived of this purple robe, and may I never see the day when those who meet me do not call me empress.
If you wish to save yourself, my lord, there is no difficulty. We are rich; over there is the sea, and yonder are the ships. Yet reflect for a moment whether, when you have once escaped to a place of security, you would not gladly exchange such safety for death. As for me, I agree with the adage that the royal purple is the noblest shroud. — Empress Theodora, responding to the suggestion that she and her husband flee in order to escape treasonous rebels, 532 A.D. (via mskaidanovsky)