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A House of Pomegranates

A House of Pomegranates


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ISBN13: 9798591877064
Publisher: Independently Published
Published: Jan 8 2021
Pages: 62
Weight: 0.27
Height: 0.13 Width: 7.00 Depth: 10.00
Language: English
Although she was a real Princess and the Infanta of Spain, she had only one birthday every year, justlike the children of quite poor people, so it was naturally a matter of great importance to the wholecountry that she should have a really fine day for the occasion. And a really fine day it certainlywas. The tall striped tulips stood straight up upon their stalks, like long rows of soldiers, and lookeddefiantly across the grass at the roses, and said: 'We are quite as splendid as you are now.' Thepurple butterflies fluttered about with gold dust on their wings, visiting each flower in turn; the littlelizards crept out of the crevices of the wall, and lay basking in the white glare; and the pomegranatessplit and cracked with the heat, and showed their bleeding red hearts. Even the pale yellow lemons, that hung in such profusion from the mouldering trellis and along the dim arcades, seemed to havecaught a richer colour from the wonderful sunlight, and the magnolia trees opened their great globelike blossoms of folded ivory, and filled the air with a sweet heavy perfume.The little Princess herself walked up and down the terrace with her companions, and played at hideand seek round the stone vases and the old moss-grown statues. On ordinary days she was onlyallowed to play with children of her own rank, so she had always to play alone, but her birthday wasan exception, and the King had given orders that she was to invite any of her young friends whomshe liked to come and amuse themselves with her. There was a stately grace about these slimSpanish children as they glided about, the boys with their large-plumed hats and short flutteringcloaks, the girls holding up the trains of their long brocaded gowns, and shielding the sun from theireyes with huge fans of black and silver. But the Infanta was the most graceful of all, and the mosttastefully attired, after the somewhat cumbrous fashion of the day. Her robe was of grey satin, theskirt and the wide puffed sleeves heavily embroidered with silver, and the stiff corset studded withrows of fine pearls. Two tiny slippers with big pink rosettes peeped out beneath her dress as shewalked. Pink and pearl was her great gauze fan, and in her hair, which like an aureole of faded goldstood out stiffly round her pale little face, she had a beautiful white rose

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