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The face I had before the world was made

Yeats has a woman say, as she puts on her makeup, 'I'm looking for the face I had, before the world was made.' I feel that everyone has a more perfect form, behind the one that you see. Perhaps it's the form that each body would take if it hadn't been damaged by time and illness and our imperfect lifestyles. Or perhaps the face is an ideal you can extrapolate from appearance. I wonder whether your ideal form could sometimes be very different from the actual form you take. That might be so, but I always imagine it as just a tidied-up version of the superfical appearance.

The only difference between film stars and the people we meet every day is that they don't have those superficial imperfections, which it takes a little while to see through. After you have known someone for a while you don't see those imperfections any more. But with very beautiful people you don't have to wait - as soon as they appear on screen or on stage it's like 'yes', you see through to the ideal form right away.

I had a friend once who used to say 'there's no-one who isn't beautiful', and I think he meant it. He was sculptor and an eel fisherman of all things. Perhaps he just meant that after a whole day looking at eels, most people looked pretty good in comparison.
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