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  • A panelled ceiling.

    August 11, 2007

  • THE Chair she sat in, like a burnished throne,

    Glowed on the marble, where the glass

    Held up by standards wrought with fruited vines

    From which a golden Cupidon peeped out 80

    (Another hid his eyes behind his wing)

    Doubled the flames of sevenbranched candelabra

    Reflecting light upon the table as

    The glitter of her jewels rose to meet it,

    From satin cases poured in rich profusion; 85

    In vials of ivory and coloured glass

    Unstoppered, lurked her strange synthetic perfumes,

    Unguent, powdered, or liquid—troubled, confused

    And drowned the sense in odours; stirred by the air

    That freshened from the window, these ascended 90

    In fattening the prolonged candle-flames,

    Flung their smoke into the laquearia,

    Stirring the pattern on the coffered ceiling.

    T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

    taken from Virgil Aeneid, I, 726

    June 14, 2007