"The light from the rose-shaded lamp fell on her neck and arms - Soames liked her to dine in a low dress"

 

John Singer Sargent 1884 Oil Painting of a Dinner Party
Creative Commons AttributionJohn Singer Sargent 1884 Oil Painting of a Dinner Party - Credit: freeparking at Flickr

 

Could a man own anything prettier than this dining table with its deep tints, the starry soft-petalled roses, the ruby coloured glass, the quaint silver furnishing; could a man own anything prettier than the woman who sat at it?