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(1887) [MARC] Author: Viktor Rydberg Translator: Alfred Corning Clark With: Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn
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II.
ANTINOUS.
ANTINOUS, the youth with dejected head and
dreaming look, meets us in the halls of art, often ;
but the mysterious face has always the same power of at-
traction. He muses upon a riddle, and himself is one,
that tempts to solution and baffles the solver.
The brief road of his life lay through a morally de-
based world ; but he looks as serene and pure as if no
shadow could ever have been cast upon his memory, and
it is with the halo of innocence that he takes the heart
captive. A world of thought would work itself out into
clearness beneath that broad forehead and nobly arched
head ; and yet one perceives nothing of a dawning dia-
lectician in his features. He bears a sorrow, and yet,
with the semblance of unruffled peace of mind, repel?
compassion. He looks as if he were good, but reticent
;
absorbed in himself, and nevertheless roguish ; resolute,
yet floating in spaces where forebodings and dreams are
all, and the will is nothing. The formation of his face is
Hellenic, but diverges from the Hellenic type. His
figure is fine, but not faultless, for one shoulder is higher
than the other ; his frame, with the powerfully vaulted
chest, is the scaffolding of an athlete ; the strength of the
arms and legs reminds us of the palcestra, and yet the
contours are softly marked. He appears always the

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