Describe the alterations effected in the disposition of the articles of furnitures?
A sofa upholstered in prune plush had been translocated from opposite the door to the ingleside near the compactly furled Union Jack (an alteration which he had frequently intended to execute) : the blue and white checker inlaid majolicatopped table had been placed opposite the door in the place vacated by the prune plush sofa : the walnut sideboard (a projecting angle of which had momentarily arrested his ingress) had been moved from its position beside the door to a more advantageous but more perilous position in front of the door : two chairs had been moved from right and left of the ingleside to the position originally occupied by the blue and white checker inlaid majolicatopped table.
Daisy closed the magazine, added it to the pile of others on the broad table beside the bed, smoothed her mother’s rug, patted the pillows, patted her hands, kissed her lightly and left the room, taking the tray on which the tea had gone cold in the silver teapot, and where the delicate cress sandwiches lay almost untouched on the delicate green plate.
She sat in the nearby sunroom, looking out across the tops of two old apple trees that were busy with white blossom.
(Carmel Bird, ‘Euthanasia and the good butler’)
When the money has been pegged to the blue sky and the clouds and time to the earth, I will then take all of the grey cubicle dividers from the world’s financial planning offices and the money-moving offices of every middleman and middlewoman, and I will carve them into geometric shapes and make a labyrinth in the red centre of the outback.
(Sue Stevenson, ‘The cloud of undoing’, Southerly, 76.1)
Vous sortez d’un sas noir et découvrez huit portes fermées, au-dessus desquelles un minuteur décompte en chiffres rouges le temps qu’il vous reste avant de pouvoir y entrer.
(Claire Richard, “ « Bientôt, je ne serai plus là » : apprendre à mourir avec Rimini Protokoll ”, L’Obs, 25 oct., 2016)
Asking the breezes to send greetings to a time when women stitched those white and gold swans in treasured embroidery that became heirlooms, before they fled along broad rivers towards the sea where white soot-stained swans were nesting in the burnt marshes.
(Alexis Wright, The Swan Book, ‘Owls in the grass’)