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The Cabinet of Immortal Wonders – Diana Powell

Jean-Baptiste Bécoeur is dancing with the flamingo again. A waltz – the dance has slunk across the border into Metz, even as far as the King’s private chambers, it is whispered. ‘Look,’ he says, to his captivated audience, ‘how beautiful she is! So perfect in her pink finery! So exuberant!’ And then, as he swoops and twirls in his passion, a single feather floats to the floor. Jean-Baptiste stops.
The eyes of the peacock flick across to the tortoise, who moues in return. The macaque gibbers...

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