An intermittently Liberal anthology compiled by Jonathan Calder

Saturday, February 05, 2005  

Elfin beauty
She was a very pretty shade of green - a pure delicate tint, such as might have been cast on a white eggshell by the sun shining through the young foliage of a beech tree. Her hair, brows, and lashes were a darker shade; her lashes lay on her green cheek like a miniature fern frond. Her teeth were perfectly right. Her skin was so nearly transparent that the blue veins on her wrists and breast showed through like some exquisitely marbled cheese.

Sylvia Townsend Warner "Elphenor and Weasel" in Kingdoms of Elfin (1977)

posted by Jonathan Calder | 3:27 pm