The octagonal room with the moulded ceiling
next to the big bedroom was hers.
Here, beneath the painted ceiling
, with foreshortened Allegory staring down at his intrusion as if it meant to swoop upon him, and he cutting it dead, Mr.
With the ornaments on the walls and ceilings
cleaned and brightened up, and with the heavy old-fashioned beds, chairs, and tables replaced by bright, pretty, and luxurious modern furniture, these two promised to be at once the most attractive and the most comfortable bedchambers in the hotel.
The fine large rooms still retained certain sculptured marble mantel-pieces and ceilings
, worthy of Versailles, together with the old furniture of the widow Bidault.
The old neglected palazzo, with its lofty carved ceilings
and frescoes on the walls, with its floors of mosaic, with its heavy yellow stuff curtains on the windows, with its vases on pedestals, and its open fireplaces, its carved doors and gloomy reception rooms, hung with pictures--this palazzo did much, by its very appearance after they had moved into it, to confirm in Vronsky the agreeable illusion that he was not so much a Russian country gentleman, a retired army officer, as an enlightened amateur and patron of the arts, himself a modest artist who had renounced the world, his connections, and his ambition for the sake of the woman he loved.
Whether the nuns of yore, being of a submissive rather than a stiff-necked generation, habitually bent their contemplative heads to avoid collision with the beams in the low ceilings
of the many chambers of their House; whether they sat in its long low windows telling their beads for their mortification, instead of making necklaces of them for their adornment; whether they were ever walled up alive in odd angles and jutting gables of the building for having some ineradicable leaven of busy mother Nature in them which has kept the fermenting world alive ever since; these may be matters of interest to its haunting ghosts (if any), but constitute no item in Miss Twinkleton's half-yearly accounts.
On the ground floor there are two hugely long galleries, with low ceilings
lying parallel with each other, and rendered additionally dark and dismal by hideous family portraits--every one of which I should like to burn.
with low, smoky ceilings
and lit by paraffin lamps, were crammed with people.
The rooms on the two lower floors were imposing and spacious; with ceilings
of great height, gilded wainscoting and various quaint little medallion pictures of shepherds and shepherdesses, and other fancies of the time of Madame de Sevigne.
Its windows were old diamond-pane lattices, its floors were sunken and uneven, its ceilings
blackened by the hand of time, and heavy with massive beams.
They made little account of stare and glare, in the new pleasure of recovering their freedom, but flitted across the harbour in gay boats, and reassembled at a great hotel, whence the sun was excluded by closed lattices, and where bare paved floors, lofty ceilings
, and resounding corridors tempered the intense heat.
And do you know, Sonia, that low ceilings
and tiny rooms cramp the soul and the mind?