Such a cozy room,
the windows are illuminated
by the evening sunshine through them,
fiery gems for you . . ."
~ Graham Nash
In a section sadly omitted from the final version of his novel, Gustave Flaubert pictures Madame Bovary standing before the colored windows at Vaubyessard. She looks out at the countryside through variously colored window panes in a passage strangely reminiscent of Emerson's colored beads and lenses. Moving as from dream to dream, Emma Bovary looks at the illusion offered by each pane.
Through the blue pane, all seems sad; through the yellow pane everything grows smaller, lighter, and warmer; through the green pane everything she sees appears leaden and frozen. She remains longest in front of the red glass, looking at a landscape that frightens her, until she averts her eyes to the ordinary daylight of a transparent pane.
MADAME BOVARY AND RALPH WALDO EMERSON
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OF CONNECTION & COINCIDENCE; CUSTOM & CEREMONY
Stained Glass Design in Fireman's Hall Museum, Philadelphia
[Above: Custom - made front door, Society Hill, Philadelpha]