Nihil, from the Latin nothing, principle of nihilistic thought and Hawthorn, flower symbolically bearing hope and promise, is the character who finds in his name the dichotomy of two thoughts, two opposing impulses coexisting. Nihil Hawthorn is therefore the alter ego to which the author attributes a cathartic function by renouncing the adoption of a mask aimed at hiding him as happened with the Hermeneut, rather conceptually embracing the characteristic function of the Greek theatre. The mask used in antiquity to amplify the voice of the actors, in this case assumes the same role with the author's emotions, falling back on more intimate and individual themes.