Louis Bouwmeester as Oedipus in a Dutch production of Oedipus the King  

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And in his rage some demon pointed him
The way, — for 'twas no man of us at hand.
And with a fearful shout, as following
Some leader, he assailed the folding doors.
Then hollowing inwards from the mortised bolts
The yielding boards, he breaks into the room ;
Where high suspended we beheld the queen.
In twisted cordage violently swung.
And he with terrible outcry when he saw.
Poor king ! undid the hanging noose. But when
She lay upon the ground, 'twas terrible
To see what followed. For he tore away
The brooch-pins that had fastened her attire,
And, lifting, smote his eyeballs to the root,
Saying, Henceforth they should not see the evil
Suffered or done by him in the past time,
But evermore in darkness now should scan
The features he ought never to have seen.
And not-discern the souls he longed to know.
Chanting this strain, not once but oftentimes
He dashed the points into his eyes ; and soon
The bleeding pupils moistened all his beard,
Nor stinted the dark flood, but all at once
The ruddy hail poured forth with plenteous shower.
Thus from two springs, from man and wife together,
Burst the joint evil that is now o'erflowing.
And the old happiness in that past day
Was truly happy, but the present hour
Hath groaning, death, disaster, shame, all ill
Without exemption, that hath e'er been named.
-- The Oedipus Tyrannus, tr. Lewis Campbell
Louis Bouwmeester as Oedipus in a Dutch production of Oedipus the King
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Louis Bouwmeester as Oedipus in a Dutch production of Oedipus the King (c. 1896)[1] is the informal title of a photo taken of Dutch actor Louis Bouwmeester playing Oedipus in Oedipus the King. In the photo, he has just gouged his eyes out and is bleeding.

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