Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Architecture of the Imagination

"... the eye was instantly caught by Pemberly House, ...  It was a large, handsome, stone building, standing well on rising ground, and backed by a ridge of high, woody hills;--and in front, a stream ... without any artificial appearance.  Its banks were neither formal nor falsely adorned.  Elizabeth was delighted.  She had never seen a place for which nature had done more, or where natural beauty had been so little counteracted by an awkward taste.
 
The rooms were lofty and handsome, and their furniture suitable to the fortune of their proprietor, but Elizabeth saw, with admiration of his taste, that it was neither gaudy nor uselessly fine, with less of splendor, and more real elegance, than the furniture of Rosings."
 
From Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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