Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Well, I couldn't describe her by color of hair or color of eyes, because once she is described, then somehow she vanishes. The ideal woman which is in every man's mind is evoked by a word or phrase or the shape of her wrist, her hand. The most beautiful description of a woman is by understatement. Remember, all Tolstoy ever said to describe Anna Karenina was that she was beautiful and could see in the dark like a cat. Every man has a different idea of what's beautiful, and it's best to take the gesture, the shadow of the branch, and let the mind create the tree.

William Faulkner, when asked to describe his ideal woman


Con Artist Trickster said...

Wow, it evolves questions in my mind, this mysterious ideal woman. It's rather hard to sum up, ain't it. Because too often a man asks too much. (Like me probably)