“Everyone, therefore, gathered at the Lalique stand. It was yet another imaginary dwelling, with pleated gauze hangings. Shining white moiré bats swooped in a highly arched window, and there was a screen, sinister, delicate, lovely, made of five naked women, with huge, skeletal wings like the bronze veins of moths, hanging below and beside them. The most prominent exhibit was a large ornament, in the form of a turquoise woman’s bust rising out of the mouth of a long, long dragonfly, its narrowing gold body studded with shimmering blue and green jewels at regular intervals, diminishing to a tiny sharp gilt fork at the base. The woman’s head was crowned with an ornament which was a helm, or a split scarab, or the insect eyes of the metamorphosing being. From her shoulders hung what were at once stiff, spreading sleeves, and the realistic wings of the dragonfly, made in the new, transparent, unbacked enamel, veined in gold, studded with roundels or turquoise and crystals. The beast had huge dragon-like claws, stretching either side of the woman head, on gold muscular arms. Round this piece were lesser jewels in the shapes of insects and flowers.”—A.S. Byatt, “The Children’s Book”
This hauntingly beautiful song is the No One Can Ever Know iTunes only bonus track. I fucking love this. I wonder why it wasn’t included on the regular release. Makes me wonder what other incredible songs may have been left off the record.