Monday, May 21, 2012

Architecture in fiction

"...the Jade House, whose upcurved eaves could just be seen through the tall pines.
It was two years since Susanne had stayed in the Jade House.  It was a miniature palace which derived its name from the green stones of its facade and the green tiles of its roof.  Over the doorway was a single piece of polished jade into which had been carved the Chinese characters for 'The Flight of the Heron.'  Upon its bronze doors was pictured the long-legged water bird on the wing."

From Underground Retreat (Reynal & Hitchcock, 1946) by Maribelle Cormack and Pavel Bytovetzski

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