Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The real face appears

...an excerpt from...
The Blind Owl
by Sadegh Hedayat

Life as it proceeds reveals, coolly an dispassionately, what lies behind the mask that each man wears.  It would seem that every one possesses several faces.  Some people use only one all the time, and it then, naturally, becomes soiled and wrinkled.  These are the thrifty sort.  Others look after their masks in the hope of passing them on to their descendants.  Others again are constantly changing their faces.  But all of them, when they reach old age, realize one day that the mask they are wearing is their last and that it will soon be worn out, and then, from behind the last mask, the real face appears.

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