It is an evil growing out of our republican institutions, that here aman of large purse has usually a very little soul which he keeps init. The corruption of taste is a portion or a pendant of thedollar-manufacture.
As we grow rich, our ideas grow rusty. The proprietorlies asleep on a sofa--the weather is cool--the time is near midnight:we will make a sketch of the room during his slumber.
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It is oblong--some thirty feet in length and twenty-five in breadth--ashape affording the best ordinary opportunities for the adjustment offurniture. It has but one door--by no means a wide one--which is at oneend of the parallelogram, and but two windows, which are at theother. They are curtained within the recess, by a thick silver tissueadapted to the shape of the window, and hanging loosely in smallvolumes.
Without the recess are curtains of an exceedingly rich crimsonsilk, fringed with a deep network of gold, and lined with silver tissue,which is the material of the exterior blind. There are no cornices; butthe folds of the whole fabric which are sharp rather than massive, andhave an airy appearance , issue from beneath a broad entablature of richgiltwork, which encircles the room at the junction of the ceiling andwalls.
The drapery is thrown open also, or closed, by means of a thickrope of gold loosely enveloping it, and resolving itself readily intoa knot; no pins or other such devices are apparent.
The walls are prepared with a glossy paper of a silver gray tint,spotted with small Arabesque devices of a fainter hue of the prevalentcrimson. Many paintings relieve the expanse of paper. These are chieflylandscapes of an imaginative cast--such as the fairy grottoes ofStanfield, or the lake of the Dismal Swamp of Chapman.
Thereare, nevertheless, three or four female heads, of an etherealbeauty-portraits in the manner of Sully. The tone of each picture iswarm, but dark. Not one is of small size. They have the whole lustre ofburnished gold. They lie flat on the walls, and do not hang off withcords. The designs themselves are often seen to better advantage in thislatter position, but the general appearance of the chamber is injured. But one mirror--and this not a very large one--is visible. In shape itis nearly circular--and it is hung so that a reflection of the personcan be obtained from it in none of the ordinary sitting-places of theroom.
Two large low sofas of rosewood and crimson silk, gold-flowered,form the only seats, with the exception of two light conversationchairs, also of rose-wood. There is a pianoforte rose-wood, also ,without cover, and thrown open. An octagonal table, formed altogether ofthe richest gold-threaded marble, is placed near one of the sofas. Thisis also without cover--the drapery of the curtains has been thoughtsufficient.. Four large and gorgeous Sevres vases, in which bloom aprofusion of sweet and vivid flowers, occupy the slightly rounded anglesof the room.
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