Lolita recently encouraged a friend to take a laser treatment for facial spotting. She didn’t say outright to him, but she was mildly disgusted by the deterioration of her friend’s complexion. Of course the challenges of aging have been somewhat less central for our blood-nurtured Girl, given the famed longevity of her kind. And perhaps because of this advantage, she has been perhaps a bit insensitive to a certain inevitable aspect of the human condition – physical deterioration.
The whole issue came to a head recently for Lolita with the commission to prepare music for artist Van Evan Fuller’s Woman with a Fan. The image of an older woman’s holding the fan served as metaphor to holding beauty against the onslaughts of age. But Lolita was not getting it. As with her recent confrontation with Fuller’s “Japanese geisha,” there was some initial disconnect with the emotional content of the visual work. And as with the geisha portrait, Lolita sought the the psychological collaboration of her new friend, our trusted, street-urchin-turned-devoted Buddhist, Blind Monk.
“Her figure is matronly, Monk,” Lolita reported to her new Buddhist friend. “She has let herself go.”
“She has birthed children, Lolita. She has suckled them. You can feel her nurturing spirit. It has an appeal all its own.”
“Ah, Monk. But there is a slight toughness in her proud gaze. Surely a man prefers his woman’s demure, downward glance.”
“My dear Girl,” our insightful Thai replied. She has faced many challenges, fought many battles. Her head is still raised proudly, confidently. But she wears a delicate robe and holds gracefully her lady’s fan. What an attractive combination this accomplished woman offers us.”
Blind Monk, ostensibly disadvantaged when it comes to the appreciation of physical beauty, nevertheless offered our Vampiress a new paradigm for rating looks. Who knows – maybe this revelation offered by Blind Monk will help Lolita’s dating prospects a bit!