Her Gold Palanquin

Smiling sadly, she inquired of Domenico: “I believe you have had a chance to look over my conveyance, that is called the gold palanquin?” Excitable Domenico said, “Yes, very much I have, for it is a beautiful thing, and wondrously wrought.” Claire said, “Apart from the look of it, how should you describe it to a stranger, who had not seen it himself? I mean how should you describe it as a means of transport?” Excitable Domenico said, “Why, I suppose I should say it were very mysterious, being some kind of a horseless quadriga.” Claire said, “Just so, this is a fair description of the thing, that it resemble a quadriga, or a fat synoris perhaps, and yet one that moves without assistance of horse, or oxen, or asses.”

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