The Portrait Of.

From Penny Dreadful, “What Death Can Join Together.” Season 1, Episode 6.

VANESSA: Are they not unnerving? Always looking at you.
DORIAN: I like to be looked at.
VANESSA: Not I.
DORIAN: Yet you wear that dress.
VANESSA: That was for your eyes.
(SOFTLY) All portraits.
DORIAN: I’m sorry?
VANESSA: They’re all portraits. You have no landscapes or still lives.
DORIAN: Are not people the most mysterious things?
VANESSA: I wish they were more so sometimes. The glance that gives away the game. The change in body posture.
DORIAN: And what do I give away?
VANESSA: Nothing.
DORIAN: What sort of music would you like?
VANESSA: Meaning who do I want to be at this moment. Dorian Gray, who do you want to be?
DORIAN: Myself, without limits.
VANESSA: Then put on music for dancing!
(DOOR CLOSES)
(PLACING NEEDLE)

DORIAN: You have exceptional composure.
VANESSA: Do I? Poise, I mean.
DORIAN: Control.
VANESSA: Yes.
DORIAN: What if you were to abandon it?
VANESSA: I couldn’t.
DORIAN: Why?
VANESSA: There are things within us all that can never be unleashed.
DORIAN: And what would happen if they were?
VANESSA: They would consume us. We would cease to be and another would exist in our place, without control.
DORIAN: Without limits.

DORIAN: May I kiss your neck?
VANESSA: Don’t ask permission. If you want to do a thing, do it because it is your desire, not my allowance.You must risk rejection.

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