Vasily Grossman Quotes: Astra Is A Beauty Astra Is So Beautiful

Astra Is A Beauty. ( ... ) Astra Is So Beautiful That I Have No Wish To Describe Her Beauty. I Will Say Only That Her Beauty Is The Expression Of Her Soul. Her Beauty Lives In Her Quiet Walk, In Her Shy Movements, In Her Always-lowered Eyelids, In Her Barely Perceptible Smile, In The Soft Outline Of Her Girlish Shoulders, In The Chastity Of Her Poor, Almost Beggarly Clothing, In Her Thoughtful Grey Eyes. She Is A White Water Lily In A Pond Shadowed By The Branches Of Trees, Born Amid Still, Contemplative Water. ( ... ) The World Of Modest Female Beauty Finds Its Expression In Astra. As For What May Lie Hidden In The Depths Of These Waters, No-one Can Say Unless He Breaks The Water's Smooth Surface, Walks Barefoot Through The Cutting Sedge And Treads The Silty, Sucking Mud - Now Cold, Now Strangely Warm. But I Only Stand On The Shore, Admiring The Lily From A Distance
— Vasily Grossman —

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