“Decadence is the expression of civilisations which have grown old … full of delicate refinements … contours vague and fleeting … confessions of depraved passions and the odd hallucinations of a fixed idea turning to madness. Decadence must be expressed in language already, veined with the greeness of decomposition … it has become inevitable now that an artificial life has replaced a natural one and developed subjects who do not know their own needs.” – Theopile Gautier