The trouble was that the fight took on a life of its own, until the warrior in Hilton nearly crushed the aesthete.
He makes people who I call the aesthete—who have a very specific aesthetic point of view.
We see that the man whose success is merely personal—the actor, the sophist, the millionaire, the aesthete—is incurably vulgar.
He is not really an aesthete at all; he is too Voltairian for that.
But Becky Sharp's eyes also were green, and the green of the aesthete does not suggest innocence.
Indeed, if he had agreed with the aesthete, he would possibly not have introduced him.
And this is the condition of the decadent, of the aesthete, of the free-lover.
But it wasn't a scientist's curiosity; it was an aesthete's.
aesthete and libertine alike sink to the lower level of pleasure, and their emotions become obscene.
As a matter of fact, there was much more of the aesthete in him than of the Nonconformist.
1878, in vogue 1881, from Greek aisthetes "one who perceives," from stem of aisthanesthai "to perceive, to feel" (see aesthetic).
I want to be an aesthete,
And with the aesthetes stand;
A sunflower on my forehead,
And a lily in my hand.
["Puck," Oct. 5, 1881]