“The room in which Queen Bimbane received me was a superb apartment, magnificently decorated with elaborately carved columns supporting a kind of groined roof, the walls being draped with splendid tapestry worked on silk in gold thread, and hung with several enormous mirrors of polished silver in massive gold frames -- brackets supporting clusters of lamps on either side of each.”
“The rood-loft generally projected in front, so as to form a kind of groined cove, the ribs of which sprang or diverged from the principal uprights of the screen beneath.”
“The joined arcs made the shape of birth and craving And the welded-open shape kept mouthing O.Ossified cords held the corners together In groined spirals pleated like a summer dress.”
“The words spoke themselves and disappeared into the groined shadows of the roof.”
“The lights in the groined vaults overhead changed again and shifted up the spectrum.”
“The main décorative elements were the moulded plaster decorations, the panelled and groined ceiling, carved timber work, stained glass windows and gas-light pendants.”
“Thus Mr. Fiennes grew up in rarefied circumstances, surrounded by the artifacts (and vocabulary) of a vanished world: halberds and stanchions, vaults and corbels, groined passages, burgonets, rapiers and spontoons.”
“The groined roofs rose from six columns on each side, carved with the rarest skill; and the manner in which the crossings of the concave arches were bound together, as it were, with appropriate ornaments, were all in the finest tone of the architecture of the age.”
“The roof was graced with groined arches, and the wall with niches, from which the images had been pulled down.”
“So the provisioner went in followed by the portress and the Porter and went on till they reached a spacious ground floor hall,148 built with admirable skill and beautified with all manner colours and carvings; with upper balconies and groined arches and galleries and cupboards and recesses whose curtains hung before them.”
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Words and phrases from Jonathan Stroud's The Amulet of Samarkand.
Nightwood by Djuna Barnes, 1936. Because of her profuse style, my usual practice of quoting entire sentences would have the copyright police chasing me round the city waving truncheons.
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