Quotation by Anthony Powell

Slowly, but very deliberately, the brooding edifice of seduction, creaking and incongruous, came into being, a vast Heath Robinson mechanism, dually controlled by them and lumbering gloomily down vistas of triteness. With a sort of heavy-fisted dexteritry the mutually adapted emotions of each of them became synchronised, until the unavoidable anti-climax was at hand.
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