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Algebra: A Reunion of Broken Parts

Vincent is a contemporary visual artist in the prime of his career. Everyone loves his work. Raw and emotional it says we cant or wont. It reveals ugly truths. He falls in love with Brigitte, a new model. He invites her into his studio. He cant stop painting her. They end up making love one night against the backdrop of canvas and paint. He asks her How do you define love? In whispers she replies Its the thing I feel in the pores of my skin. Shes alluring, nurturing and falls in love with him. Late one night when Brigitte is sleeping a debilitating headache sends Vincent to the hospital emergency. A build-up of fluid pressure both in his eyes damaged his optic nerves. There were warning signs though. Seeing haloes around lights and momentary decreases in vision. His obsession had pushed everything else to the periphery. His eyes cant be saved. He becomes a painter without vision. In the downward spiral of his anger he shuns Brigitte and destroys all of his paintings. He cuts himself off from everything. Except staring into a broken mirror for hours. His psyche spits has he tries to wield his vision back from the dead but its no use. He cant stop. Brigitte tries to reach into him and pull him through the wasteland. He rejects her again. Desperate to reunite with his vision, he falls in love with the imaginary reflection of his face instead of dealing with the inevitability of his new life. So it goes.

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algebra (n.) 1550s, from M.L. algebra, from Arabic al-jebr reunion of broken parts Online Etymology Dictionary

"Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind, And is therefore winged cupid painted blind."

"And therefore is love said to be a child, Because in choice he is so oft beguiled."




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