A mystical element runs through Stephen's meditations on the "Ineluctable modality of the visible." Thinking "Signatures of all things I am here to read," he recalls the De Signatura Rerum ("On the Signatures of Things"), published in 1622 by a Lutheran theologian named Jakob Böhme (usually written Boehme in English).

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Posthumous oil portrait of "Jacob Behme," ca. 1720, by Christoph Gottlob Glymann, in the Museum der Westlausitz in Kamenz, Germany. Source: Wikimedia Commons.