Monday, December 18, 2006

Parfum

'Did not even the Shunamite plunge her fingers into the precious myrrh before meeting her spouse?'

Marjoram for the hair.

Apple for the hand.

Thyme for the neck and knees.

Roman slaves to fill their mouths with perfume to shower their mistresses.

Amber and vervaine.

Orris and orange flower.

Neroli and frangipani.

Anne of Austria with her pots of vanilla.

La Pompadour affecting the essences of rose and jasmine.

Rose predisposes one to delicacy of feeling; geranium to tenderness; lilies to reverie and violets to piety.

'The devil may smell of sulphur, I shall smell of orris.'

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