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James Baldwin
“It was a gesture of great despair and I knew that she was giving herself, not to me, but to that lover who would never come.”
James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room

James Baldwin
“I smiled and I really felt at that moment that Judas and the Savior had met in me. [...] And yet even this was not as real as my despairing sense that nothing was real for me again—unless, indeed, this sensation of falling was reality.”
James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room

Théophile Gautier
“And then again, I am no longer quite such a good-looking young fellow that tapestries leap off the wall in my honour.”
Théophile Gautier, My Fantoms

James Baldwin
“The colors on the river faded, the rain began, and the river began to rise. It was apparent that the sun would soon give up the tremendous struggle it cost her to get to Paris for a few hours every day.”
James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room

James Baldwin
“We stared at each other across a narrow space that was full of danger, that almost seemed to roar, like flame.

‘Come,’ he said.”
James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room

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