An indescribable sadness emanated from the white splendour of the staircase and balustrade; the bloo

An indescribable sadness emanated from the white splendour of the …

An indescribable sadness emanated from the white splendour of the staircase and balustrade; the blood-red, now almost black splendour of the carpets. The huge palms in their huge pots looked like they had recently arrived from the cemetery. Their dark green leaves also looked blackish, like wizened, perished weapons from olden days.

Joseph Roth