"The tell tale signs of being used,
Of being trapped inside of you."
"[You will be angry with me at first - but, alas! not for long. What I have done would have been cruel if I had been a younger woman; as it is, the experiment will hurt no one but myself.] And it will hurt me horribly (as much as, in your first anger, you may perhaps wish), because it has shown me, for the first time, all that I have missed."
— Edith Wharton, from “The Muse’s Tragedy” (via the-final-sentence)