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Whose Body?

“Lord Peter’s library was one of the most delightful bachelor rooms in London. Its scheme was black and primrose; its walls were lined with rare editions, and its chairs and Chesterfield sofa suggested the embraces of the houris. In one corner stood a black baby grand, a wood fire leaped on a wide old-fashioned hearth, and the Sevres vases on the chimneypiece were filled with ruddy and gold chrysanthemums. (11)

Notes: This passage caught my attention particularly because of the details. Through the description that Sayers provides, it’s evident that Lord Peter is of the upper class and has very good taste. He seems to be an admirer of old fashioned things judging from the rare editions of books in his bookcases.