Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Architecture of the Imagination

"Darcy laughed and escorted his aunt and relatives up the stairs.  They entered a room painted in the palest of lemon and edged with a creamy white plaster wainscoting artfully shaped in the form of twining ivy vines and roses.  The hearth's mantel was also faced in the same manner, the sides rising to enclose a magnificent mirror, which caught and reflected the airiness of the room and the delicate chandeliers of gold and crystal.  Designed by the late Lady Ann, the Salon had the happy capacity to project warmth in cold seasons and refreshing coolness in summer and thus was one of the favorite gathering places in the house."

From Duty and Desire: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman by Pamela Aidan

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