Shadows and darkness
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Darkness and the play of shadows are saturated with melancholy. Time’s passage is written in the world of shadows, and resonates with the estranging sensations of the uncanny. To darken has a double meaning: optically it is the loss of light or increase in pigment; emotionally it refers to a mounting gloom or sadness. Both senses are at play in melancholy’s af nity with shadows. And, like silence, there is a pervasive sense of absence which de nes the condition.