There were bits of old brocade on the walls, and the piano was covered with a piece of silk, beautiful and tarnished; in one corner was a copy of the Venus of Milo
, and in another of the Venus of the Medici.
Mirabel admires your figure; he calls you 'the Venus of Milo
, in a state of perfect abridgment.'" Where is the daughter of Eve, who would not have been flattered by that pretty compliment--who would not have talked soft nonsense in return?
"I have heard speak," said Porthos, "of a certain Milo
of Crotona, who performed wonderful feats, such as binding his forehead with a cord and bursting it -- of killing an ox with a blow of his fist and carrying it home on his shoulders, et cetera.
As he said this, he disengaged from beneath his cloak a hand of which Milo
of Crotona would have envied him the possession, on the day when he had that unhappy idea of rending his last oak.
But everybody knew how perfect an instrument her voice was; and there was no display of anger, but only of horror and dismay, the sort of dismay which men would have felt if they had witnessed the catastrophe that broke the arms of the Venus de Milo
A gilt bamboo jardiniere, in which the primulas and cinerarias were punctually renewed, blocked the access to the bay window (where the old- fashioned would have preferred a bronze reduction of the Venus of Milo
); the sofas and arm-chairs of pale brocade were cleverly grouped about little plush tables densely covered with silver toys, porcelain animals and efflorescent photograph frames; and tall rosy-shaded lamps shot up like tropical flowers among the palms.
They'll meet the fate of Milo
! Not as long as I live, Ellen: for no mortal creature.
"No, for that very resemblance affrights me; I should have liked something more in the manner of the Venus of Milo
or Capua; but this chase-loving Diana continually surrounded by her nymphs gives me a sort of alarm lest she should some day bring on me the fate of Actaeon."
The ample heavy folds of the velvet left just room at the two corners of the wall for two little upright cabinets in buhl, containing rows of drawers, and supporting two fine bronze productions (reduced in size) of the Venus Milo
and the Venus Callipyge.
This programme is a journey of the guitar, through music and musicians that shaped it through centuries Milos