The Taste of Desire


Night falls and the maiden encounters the royal garden which is abundant with succulent pears. She is very hungry now, but cannot get to them because the garden is surrounded by a moat. A spirit in white appears and drains the water so that she may eat. Here she encounters the tree of life. The maiden cranes her head upward to eat the fruit that will give her life, wisdom, and passion. The branch bends to reach her as she has no hands with which to grasp.