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That vast moth-eaten musical brocade
Created to pretend we never die ...
Not a softness anywhere about me,
Only whalebone and brocade.
I am very like to swoon
With the weight of this brocade,
For the sun sifts through the shade.
Whether the nymph shall break Diana's law,
Or some frail china jarreceive a flaw,
...
In the early forties and fifties almost everybody "had about enough to live on," and young ladies dressed well on a hundred dollar ...
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