Гипноз

Maythemercifulgods,ifindeedtherebesuch,guardthosehourswhennopowerofthewill,ordrugthatthecunningofmandevises,cankeepmefromthechasmofsleep. Deathismerciful,forthereisnoreturntherefrom,butwithhimwhohascomebackoutofthenethermostchambersofnight,haggardandknowing,peacerestsnevermore. FoolthatIwastoplungewithsuchunsanctionedfrensyintomysteriesnomanwasmeanttopenetrate;foolorgodthathewasmyonlyfriend,wholedmeandwentbeforeme,andwhointheendpassedintoterrorswhichmayyetbemine! 

Wemet,Irecall,inarailwaystation,wherehewasthecenterofacrowdofthevulgarlycurious.Hewasunconscious,havingfalleninakindofconvulsionwhichimpartedtohisslightblack-cladbodyastrangerigidity. Ithinkhewasthenapproachingfortyyearsofage,forthereweredeeplinesintheface,wanandhollow-cheeked,butovalandactuallybeautiful; andtouchesofgrayinthethick,wavinghairandsmallfullbeardwhichhadoncebeenofthedeepestravenblack. HisbrowwaswhiteasthemarbleofPentelicus,andofaheightandbreadthalmostgod-like. 

Isaidtomyself,withalltheardorofasculptor,thatthismanwasafaun’sstatueoutofantiqueHellas,dugfromatemple’sruinsandbroughtsomehowtolifeinourstiflingageonlytofeelthechillandpressureofdevastatingyears. Andwhenheopenedhisimmense,sunken,andwildlyluminousblackeyesIknewhewouldbethenceforthmyonlyfriendtheonlyfriendofonewhohadneverpossessedafriendbeforeforIsawthatsucheyesmusthavelookedfullyuponthegrandeurandtheterrorofrealmsbeyondnormalconsciousnessandreality; realmswhichIhadcherishedinfancy,butvainlysought. SoasIdrovethecrowdawayItoldhimhemustcomehomewithmeandbemyteacherandleaderinunfathomedmysteries,andheassentedwithoutspeakingaword. 

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