Fire and Frost by Maud Cruttwell

Fire and Frost

byMaud Cruttwell

Paperback | February 3, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II CLARE had furnished her home with serene contempt for unity of style, holding that everything that is beautiful harmonizes and may be placed in juxtaposition, and curiosities from every country, the spoils of her travels, found a place in her rooms. The Florentine purists called it a jumble and a salade russe, and said it set their teeth on edge to see Indian Buddhas cheek by jowl with Sienese Madonnas, and mosque lamps with Venice lanterns. But she let them grumble and advise. "I know what I like," she said, "and I don't care a hang about dates! What's the use of the riches of the past it one limits oneself to one country and epoch? One might as well read only books of one language and date." She loved green in all its shades, from the vivid tint of the young corn to the rich depths of the dark cypress, and green was the prevailing colour in her rooms. The floors were all carpeted with thick moss-green velvet, and the chairs and divans were covered with splendid old brocades, glinting with gold thread, and mellowed by time into exquisite vague hues of turquoise, jade, and aqua-marine, and flecked with gold and yellow like the breast of a peacock. Her own study was the most fascinating of rooms. She had chosen it for its thick walls which no sound could penetrate, for its lofty coffered roof glinting with gold and faded colour, and, above all, for its superb view of the Arno valley, where the river lay in flat coils, like a silver snake on a pond of green duckweed. The windows commanding this enchanting view were rather high from the ground and she had had half the floor raised on a kind of dais to which one ascended by a flight of shallow steps. On this platform, protected by a gilded balustrade, stood her writing table, a magnificent piece of...

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Title:Fire and FrostFormat:PaperbackDimensions:66 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217211135

ISBN - 13:9780217211130

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