Excerpt from The Flare of the Footlights
From the corner where he was sitting he could command an uninterrupted view of the entire room. Its appoint ments appealed to his artistic Most of the big London restaurants which he had visited during the last few days resembled so many glorified gin-palaces, where, amid a profusion of red velvet and glittering mirrors, inferior cooking was served up to the strains of a noisy band of gaudily dressed aliens. Here, however, it was quite different. From the softly shaded lights, casting a mellow glow over the tables crowded with well-groomed men and pretty women, ﬂ the delicate rose-pink of the carpet, everything was designed to please the senses. The hum of laughter and talk blended harmoniously with the strains of a properly modulated orchestra, and there was even a rhythm in the rustle of silk-lined skirts as their wearers moved to and fro.
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