Upon learning of the death of his only child, an American scholar of medieval European literature self-imposes an exile equal to that of his condemned hero Dante Alighieri and wanders the French countryside in search of the meaning of life.
You call me a misanthrope because I avoid society. You err; I love society. Yet in order not to hate people, I must avoid their company.
Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840)
The Tree of Crows by Caspar David Friedrich. Located at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, France.