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wan

Unnaturally pale.
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The autumn birds Were misbehaving, despite the rain, Overcome by an impulsive whim, I dared to tell him: "I am bored." Without make believe, At night, in my chamber of gloom, He came to comfort my wanness. His shadow made me promises.
her eyes askew, and crooked on her feet, / her hands were crippled, her complexion sallow."" But Dante's gaze renders her beautiful; as he says, "with the coloring that love prefers / my eyes transformed the wanness of her features" (Purgatorio, 19.14-15).
Similarly, in Forever Now, 2001, the wanness of a present-day city street is set off by a florid deep blue sky full of curlicues and whorls that Kurten must have lifted from van Gogh.