AGAINST NATURE (A REBOURS) – JORIS-KARL HUYSMANS. (incomplete.)

1. The cheekbones were punctuated with cosmetic commas of rouge, (…) (p.3)

2. His contempt for humanity grew fiercer, and at last he came to realize that the world is made up mostly of fools and scoundrels. (p.8)

3. One passion and one only – woman – might have arrested the universal contempt that was taking hold of him, but that passion like the rest had been exhausted. He had tasted the sweets of the flesh like a crotchety invalid with a craving for food but a palate which soon becomes jaded. (p.8)

4. And finally, weary to the point of satiety of these hackneyed luxuries, these commonplace caresses, he had sought satisfaction in the gutter, hoping that the contrast would revive his exhausted desires and imagining that the fascinating filthiness of the poor would stimulate his flagging senses. (p.9)

5. Like girls who at the onset of puberty hanker after weird or disgusting dishes, he began to imagine and then to indulge in unnatural love-affairs and perverse pleasures. (p.9)

6. His overfatigued senses, as if satisfied that they had tasted every imaginable experience, sank into a state of lethargy; and impotence was not far off. (p.9)

 

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