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E: "What Did You Write On The Back Of The Postcard

E: "What did you write on the back of the postcard?"
O: "It was going to be a surprise. (...) Just two words. (...) Cor cordium, heart of hearts, I've never said anything truer in my life to anyone."
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Cor cordium. The words inscribed on Percy Bysshe Shelley's grave. Shelley was an English poet from the romanticism movement (fun fact: his father's name was Timothy). Shelley died in a storm in the Bay of Lerici, Liguria, by the age of 29. He was cremated on the sands of the beach where he was found days later. His friends managed to take his heart out of the fire, and later bury it at the English Cemetery in Rome. Besides "Cor cordium", there's also a passage of Shakespeare's Ariel's song on his grave:
"Nothing of him doth fade / But doth suffer a sea-change / Into something rich and strange." Paul Celan, another author mentioned in CMBYN, also died by drowning.
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Oliver built this whole new life around his heart. There it was his wife, kids, family, friends, his career and everything he loved. But in the heart of it all was Elio. That part of him that was only his and no one else's, protected, untouched, for all those years that passed, just waiting to be dug out from the ashes like Shelley's heart...
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Painting: Bordighera, 1884, by Claude Monet.
(Postcard edit by me) 💙
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