La Maschera del Demonio (1960)

"...before him lay a beauty whose like had surely never been on earth before. Never, it seemed, could features have been formed in such striking and harmonious beauty. She lay as though living: the lovely forehead, fair as snow, as silver, looked deep in thought; the even brows - dark as night - rose proudly above the eyes; the eyelashes, that fell like arrows onto the cheeks, glowed with the warmth of secret desires; the lips were rubies, ready to break into the laugh of bliss, the flood of joy...But in them, in those very features, he saw something terrible and poignant."
Nikolai Gogol, 'The Vij'