It enjoys sleep. If large, for a thousand years; small ones, not less than several hundred years. After such a long hibernation, a dragon will enter into a nirvana-like state to renew itself. The maiden refuses to reveal to the youth how a human being might acquire similar powers. She then abandons her role of instructor, and the trio passes the night in wine-drinking, poetic composition, and delicately hints at love making…
Ts’ao Chih, third century A.D.
M.C. Escher, Dragon
Thus, if you came, I could be satisfied
to let my hand rest lightly, for a moment,
lightly, upon your shoulder or your breast.