Quatre fois par an il pourra se charger en l’animal qu‘il voudra, et ensuite se recharger en homme. Quatre fois par an il pourra se changer en l’homme qu’il voudra; plus, concentrer sa vie en celle d’un animal. (…) Ainsi le privilégié pourra quatre fois par a net pour un temps illimité chaque fois occuper deux corps à la fois”.

These singular verses by Stendhal associate the mutation of animal’s hair with changes in male fashion among the four seasons of the year, a metaphor that is resolved as the counterpart of a second personality suspended between man and animal in which this mutation completes and highlights the aspects of a mythological and esoteric creature, whose essence is “artifice”: the mask that, by forming the face, reveals it to itself. In the 7th article by Stendhal, the interaction with nature and the instinctive link to existence, draw the contours of a masculine aesthetic path and it is not surprising that today literature continues to inspire profound investigations into the secrets arcani of beauty and the duration of its time.