“I understand your fascination with her. I understand completely. She’s perfect somehow, isn’t she? More than perfect. More than human. Her eyes seem to reach…right beneath your skin.”

Quasi by Ronnie van Hout

“Yes, he was beautiful — he, that orphan, that foundling, that outcast; he felt himself august and strong; he looked in the face that society from which he was banished, and in which he had so powerfully intervened.”