"I have been in love with no one, and never shall," she whispered, "unless it should be with you."

How beautiful she looked in the moonlight!

Shy and strange was the look with which she quickly hid her face in my neck and hair, with tumultuous sighs, that seemed almost to sob, and pressed in mine a hand that trembled.

Her soft cheek was glowing against mine. "Darling, darling," she murmured, "I live in you; and you would die for me, I love you so."

  • immortality
  • refined sense of beauty polished over centuries
  • loneliness and capacity for intense intimacy
  • wisdom of many lifetimes

among the many versions of vampires to be found in western media...

The older I grow, the more strongly I feel that immortality really would be a curse, unless you knew what death held. If there is eternal life contingent upon a morally upright life, I'll take eternal life after death. If there is a series of reincarnations until the soul's myriad sins are expiated, then why not take physical immortality (contingent upon eternal youth or atleast eternal stasis at a preferably younger age)? Once you die you're right back to a new body any way. And if there is nothing but oblivion after death - yes once more to physical immortality. Finally, something more lukewarm - a hades of dust, not suffering but not much of anything at all- once again yes! All the time in the world to devote to Beauty & Art, to give meaning to your life and to the greater human experience.

But alas, I have neither the option of immortality nor a knowledge of life after death, so the appeal of the vampire to me is increasingly how great i imagine their capacity for emotional depth and appreciation & creation of Beauty in all forms. there's more to it, which i will write about in time.