Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Great Moments in Fabric Literature, Vol I
'...Now that I come to think of it,' he went on, stalking like Adam across the room to his brown paper parcel, 'here is a present to go with the jewel.' He unwrapped a swathe of Lyons silk velvet, blacker than the darkest night.
After several shrieks of rapture she thanked him very prettily, congratulated him on his brilliant conduct in putting their affairs in order - she had always been sure that he could do it, however complicated, wrapped a fold or two around her pure white torso...
From Patrick O'Brian, The Yellow Admiral, pg 187
Painting from wikipedia. There is some very interesting fashion information there about this time period.