Let me begin with the corner room at the western extremity of the palace, called the Room of the Caryatides
, from the statues which support the mantel-piece.
Here, scrambling over the heads of the crowd, he managed to get to the wall; when, seizing a flambeau from one of the Caryatides
, he returned, as he went, to the centre of the room-leaping, with the agility of a monkey, upon the kings head, and thence clambered a few feet up the chain; holding down the torch to examine the group of ourang-outangs, and still screaming: "I shall soon find out who they are!"
Vaux-le-Vicomte, when its magnificent gates, supported by caryatides
, have been passed through, has the principal front of the main building opening upon a vast, so-called, court of honor, inclosed by deep ditches, bordered by a magnificent stone balustrade.
I hardly ever failed, when I rambled through the village, to see a row of such worthies, either sitting on a ladder sunning themselves, with their bodies inclined forward and their eyes glancing along the line this way and that, from time to time, with a voluptuous expression, or else leaning against a barn with their hands in their pockets, like caryatides
, as if to prop it up.
In fact, the Prince of Conde was attentively scrutinizing these two images of desolation, standing like caryatides
on either side of the nave of the church.