Saturday, July 29, 2006

Architecture of the Imagination

"[He] stopped before a heavy rosewood door ... pushed open the door ... It was a gigantic room--that was the word that occurred to her as most fitting, and the vast space of it was emphasized by the almost complete lack of furniture.  A very small ebony writing table, two very small chairs, and a long and narrow black cupboard fitted into a recess were all the furnishings she could see.  The high walls were covered with golden paper.  Four bright red rafters ran across the black ceiling; the floor was completely covered with a deep purple carpet.  ...  [a] man stood with his back to the tiny fire that burned in the silver fireplace."

From The Three Just Men by Edgar Wallace

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