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1917. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVIII THE UNVEILING OF "MAIDENHOOD" THE
day had dawned on which the statue was to be delivered to Caesar.
It was the painful duty of Cleomenes to provide a most elaborate
banquet for the young Emperor. While ordering that magnificent
menu, he ardently wished Nero would choke, or that on the way he
would break his neck; but the gods declined to interfere with the
pleasures of these mortals. The great triclinium was ablaze with
lights; the flaming torches were reflected in massive chalices,
jewelled flagons, and cups of burnished gold. Every pillar was
festooned with myrtle and ivy, and the tables were almost hidden
beneath the flowery garlands that decorated them. In the beautiful
atrium the statues were crowned with pink flowers. Not even a
cushion was allowed to destroy the colour scheme. The harmony and
blending of the exquisite colour of this room made it the envy of
every one in Rome, for it was conceded to be the most beautiful
room in the city. It was all soft pink and white; walls, ceiling,
floors, and pillars carried out the artistic effect. The lamp
shades were of pink glass and even the fountain threw rose coloured
water--an effect produced by tiny lamps cunningly hidden in the
surrounding foliage. In the vestibule lay wreaths of fragrant roses
waiting to decorate the heads of the expected guests. A blast from
a centurion's trumpet announced the arrival of Caesar, and soon the
wheels of chariots rolling under the portico were heard. Slaves
bearing lighted torches hastened to conduct the Imperial guest to
the vestibule where Nero was met by Cleomenes, who knelt and
offered him, on bended knee, a golden salver containing the keys of
his villa. This signified that the house and all in it were at the
service of the Emperor. With a gracious w...
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