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Police sketches of literary figures


If Humbert Humbert of Lolita fame was alive today, no doubt the police would be running his description through composite sketch software, but since he’s not, the website The Composites has done it for us along with a number of other literary characters.

A cursory examination of the site makes it appear that writers are either obsessed with pointy-chinned characters or it’s some kind of default setting in the software. Those things could be classified as deadly weapons.


Emma Bovary, Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

She was pale all over, white as a sheet; the skin of her nose was drawn at the nostrils, her eyes looked at you vaguely. After discovering three grey hairs on her temples, she talked much of her old age…Her eyelids seemed chiseled expressly for her long amorous looks in which the pupil disappeared, while a strong inspiration expanded her delicate nostrils and raised the fleshy corner of her lips, shaded in the light by a little black down.

Full story at The Composites via Kottke.

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