Page 1. " Light streams down on parquet floors the color of wheat. "

Each of the skylight halls is decorated with exquisite vases, standing candelabra, and tabletops made of semi-precious stones in the Russian mosaic technique.

Page 5. " She packed that very painting during the evacuation. "

She begins with the dress. Blue. A blue flowered dress. “The dress. And branches of lilac flowers.” She can call up the shade of the fabric. It is the same vivid robin’s egg as the dress worn by the Lady in Blue. Thomas Gainsborough. Portrait of the Duchess of Beaufort.