Henry James beskriver ett kyss to ganger

Foto: Kristine Kleppo
For øyeblikket leser jeg «The portrait of a Lady» av Henry James.
I boka er det en introduksjon av Leon Edel. Han skriver at James pleide å skrive om romanene sine før de ble trykket opp på nytt.
Da Caspar Goodwood kysset Isabel Archer i tidlige versjoner av «The portrait of a Lady» beskrev James det sånn:

«His kiss was like a flash of lightning; when it was dark again she was free».
Senere ble romanen gitt ut i New York og Henry James forandret det:

«His kiss was like the white lightning, a flash that spread, and spread again, and stayed; and it was extraordinarily as if, while she took it, she felt each thing in his hard manhood that had least pleased, each aggressive fact of his face, his figure, his presence, justified of its identity and made one with this act of possession. So had she heard of those wrecked and under water following a train of images before they sink. But when darkness returned she was free.»

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