Trilby: A Novel George du Maurier

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Trilby: A Novel by George du Maurier
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Trilby: A Novelby George Du MaurierPart FirstMimi Pinson est une blonde,Une blonde que lon connaît-Elle na quune robe au monde,Landérirette! et quun bonnet!IT was a fine, sunny, showery day in April.The big studio window was open at the top,MoreTrilby: A Novelby George Du MaurierPart FirstMimi Pinson est une blonde,Une blonde que lon connaît-Elle na quune robe au monde,Landérirette!

et quun bonnet!IT was a fine, sunny, showery day in April.The big studio window was open at the top, and let in a pleasant breeze from the northwest. Things were beginning to look shipshape at last. The big piano, a semi-grand by Broadwood, had arrived from England by the Little Quickness (la Petite Vitesse, as the goods trains are called in France), and lay, freshly tuned, alongside the eastern wall- on the wall opposite was a panoply of foils, masks, and boxing-gloves.A trapeze, a knotted rope, and two parallel cords, supporting each a ring, depended from a huge beam in the ceiling.

The walls were of the usual dull red, relieved by plaster casts of arms and legs and hands and feet- and Dantes mask, and Michael Angelos altorilievo of Leda and the swan, and a centaur and Lapith from the Elgin marbles—on none of these had the dust as yet had time to settle.There were also studies in oil from the nude- copies of Titian, Rembrandt, Velasquez, Rubens, Tintoret, Leonardo da Vinci—none of the school of Botticelli, Mantegna, and Co.—a firm whose merits had not as yet been revealed to the many.Along the walls, at a great height, ran a broad shelf, on which were other casts in plaster, terra-cotta, imitation bronze- a little Theseus, a little Venus of Milo, a little discobolus- a little flayed man threatening high heaven (an act that seemed almost pardonable under the circumstances!)- a lion and a boar by Barye- an anatomical figure of a horse with only one leg left and no ears- a horses head from the pediment of the Parthenon, earless also- and the bust of Clytie, with her beautiful low brow, her sweet wan gaze, and the ineffable forward shrug of her dear shoulders that makes her bosom a nest, a rest, a pillow, a refuge—to be loved and desired forever by generation after generation of the sons of men.Near the stove hung a gridiron, a frying-pan, a toasting-fork, and a pair of bellows.

In an adjoining glazed corner cupboard were plates and glasses, black-handled knives, pewter spoons, and three-pronged steel forks- a salad-bowl, vinegar cruets, an oil-flask, two mustard-pots (English and French), and such like things—all scrupulously clean. On the floor, which had been stained and waxed at considerable cost, lay two chetah-skins and a large Persian praying-rug.

One-half of it, however (under the trapeze and at the farthest end from the window, beyond the model throne), was covered with coarse matting, that one might fence or box without slipping down and splitting ones self in two, or fall without breaking any bones.



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