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128 DRAMATIC AND LYRIC INTERPRETATION
They dance, vacillate, stare. They are im­movable. They are veiled, they fade away, they brighten and sparkle. Oh, what an op­portunity for those who know well how to play on such an instrument!
And the mouth ?
The mouths of women especially! What expressions can you not give them !
Are they thin-lipped and pale ? What charm­ing accent of refinement, of delicacy, of malice, of wit, of discreet tenderness, of mysterious charm, distinguished attractiveness.
Are they thin-lipped and pale? What a choice to make! Saint Theresa ? Lady Mac­beth ? Nun or vampire ?
What infinite cruelties can they express! What things angelic or diabolical!
Vanity, pride, cupidity, cold-hearted stupid­ity, avarice. All can be expressed by thin, pale lips. Pointed irony, sharp sarcasm. The whole of Paradise, the whole of Hell.
Is the mouth thick-lipped and red?
Oh, the good broad laugh!
Affectionate, attractive, hospitable, endlessly tender, the ardent mouth of the loving, mouth of the mother of inexhaustible maternal love!
Is the mouth thick-lipped and red?
Oh, the strong irony or sparkling one; the








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