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Tom W.

Bet the Cloisters garden was in fine spring form as well. Great spot.


When I visited the Cloisters and saw the Unicorn tapestries and heard the story of how the Rochefoucauld family had owned them for centuries before selling them to John D. Rockefeller, it reminded me of Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country and the French count's pain over having to sell tapestries that had been in his family for generations in order to pay alimony to shallow, mercenary Undine. I was sure she had based this part of her story on the Unicorn tapestries. Then I discovered that The Custom of the Country was published years before the Unicorn tapestries were sold. That'll teach me to sentimentalize over some rich family selling their treasures. They probably just wanted the cash.

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