Friday, August 20, 2010

Architecture of the imagination

Granny Weatherwax and Eskarina arrive at the Unseen University:

"The big doors swung back, revealing a wide courtyard surrounded by lawns. Behind them was a great rambling building or buildings: it was hard to tell, because it didn't look so much as if it had been designed as that a lot of buttresses, arches, towers, bridges, domes, cupolas and so forth had huddled together for warmth.

'Is that it?' said Esk. 'It looks sort of--melted.'

'Yes, that's it,' said Treatle. "... Of course, it's a lot bigger inside than out, like an iceberg or so I'm given to understand. ...'"

From Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

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