Ancient Manners

You may be interested in “Ancient Manners” by Pierre Louÿs, author of the fantastically interesting “Les chansons de Bilitis”, newly available via Project Gutenberg.

“‘Thy breasts are two silver bucklers with cusps steeped in blood.’

‘My breasts are the moon and the reflection of the moon and the water.'”

“When she once more found herself at Bacchis’s door, she was penetrated by the delicious sensation produced by the respite from desire and the silence of the flesh. Her forehead no longer ached. Her mouth no longer twitched. She felt nothing but an intermittent pain which seized her from time to time in the small of the back. She mounted the steps and crossed the threshold.”