Real holy laughter in the river! They saw it all! the wild eyes! the holy yells! They bade farewell! They jumped off the roof! to solitude! waving! carrying flowers! Down to the river! into the street!- Excerpt from Allen Ginsberg's "Howl".
'Harem Woman' by GEORGES CLARIN (1843-1919) The harem or slave market was a favorite theme that added spice to any story. And so was the exotic Queen of the harem, who was usually the favorite, and not victimised, but a dangerous female, who looked after her own interests. She often slipped naive lovers into the harem, wishing to 'save' her. She of course used them for her own pleasure. From the book 'Femme Fatale : Images of evil & fascinating women' by Patrick Bade 1971 (minkshmink)
Throughout history the color red has also been used to symbolize courage. In The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, a young war soldier flees from the battle and afterwards longs for a wound or "red badge or courage" to make up for his cowardice.