Mimique by R J Dent
He stands on an unlit stage in a darkened theatre.
A single spotlight beams down, illuminating his whitened face and white-gloved hands. He is enacting the commedia dell’arte story of Harlequin and Columbine. He is playing both parts and he is now acting – miming – the scene in which Harlequin stands over the dead Columbine, wishing she could be alive once more. He clutches a tiny purple flower – an Aquilegia vulgaris – in his left hand. He sniffs the flower. A single tear trickles down his face, leaving a dark trail. When it dries, it will be a diamond. Read more…
R J Dent says: ‘My story, Mimique, was inspired by Stéphane Mallarmé’s Mimique, which can be found in his seminal collection Divagations.’
The French text of Mallarmé’s Mimique can be found here:
Text: Mimique © R J Dent (2009)
Image: Harlequin by Justin Robertson