Saturday, October 21, 2006

Architecture of the Imagination

"An arched opening ended the passage.  Through the arch poured a blaze of dancing white lunimance.   Jirel paused, ...  The room before her was filled with the baffling glitter and shimmer and mirage of reflecting surfaces so bewilderingly that she could not tell which was real and which mirror, and which dancing light.  The brilliance dazzled in her face and dimmed into twilight and blazed again as the mirrors shifted.  ...
The whole place was a chaos of blaze and confusion.  She could not know if the room were small or large, a cavern or a palace hall.  Queer reflections danced through the dazzle of it.  ...
Then she saw Jarisme in her violet robe watching her from a hundred identical golden couches reflected upon a hundred surfaces.  ...
When the music ceased, all the flashing dazzle suddenly stilled.  ...the chaos resolved itself into shining order, the hundred Jarismes merging into one sleepy-eyed woman lounging on her golden couch in a vast crystal-walled chamber shaped like the semicircular half of a great, round, domed room.  Behind the couch a veil of violet mist hung like a curtain shutting off what would have formed the other half of the circular room."
 
From C.L. Moore's Jirel of Joiry (Jirel Meets Magic)

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