Friday, April 27, 2007

Architecture of the Imagination

"Here and there across the infinite lawn were other groves.  The house ... looked, ... like an English country house.  ...  There was an enormous terrace skirting the tall square fieldstone house with a mansard roof.  At each corner there were small round towers with small narrow windows in them.  ...
 
[Inside] The fireplace was burning low and looked just right for roasting an ox. ... Above the fireplace were crossed broadswords and below them a family crest with lions rampant and all of that.  ...  The walls rose, punctuated with marble butresses, into the darkness.  The vaulted ceiling was lost in darkness.  Spaced along the front wall between the leaded-glass windows that were nearly as tall as the ceiling were full-size suits of armor."
 
From A Catskill Eagle by Robert B. Parker

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