Mademoiselle Julie

JEAN. Do you know that you are wonderful?


JULIE. Perhaps. But you are too. Everything is wonderful for that matter. Life, people–everything. Everything is wreckage, that drifts over the water until it sinks, sinks. I have the same dream every now and then and at this moment I am reminded of it.

I find myself seated at the top of a high pillar and I see no possible way to get down. I grow dizzy when I look down, but down I must. But I’m not brave enough to throw myself; I cannot hold fast and I long to fall–but I don’t fall. And yet I can find no rest or peace until I shall come down to earth; and if I came down to earth I would wish myself down in the ground. Have you ever felt like that?

Mademoiselle Julie. August Strindberg

Mademoiselle Julie, Oils, 2022

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