Friday, February 18, 2011

"The playing card I had noticed first—the Juggler—was still in the ray of light that ran across the middle of the room. I stared at it, I could not tear my eyes away. As far as I could tell from that distance, it seemed to be a crude picture, painted in watercolours by a child's hand, representing the Hebrew character Aleph in the form of a man in quaint, old-fashioned dress, with a short, pointed beard, and one hand raised whilst the other pointed downwards. I could feel a disturbing thought seeping its way into my mind: did the man's face not bear a strange resemblance to my own?"
—Gustav Meyrink, The Golem

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