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John Baxter

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813126012

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813126012.001.0001

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The Man Who Asked for Onions

The Man Who Asked for Onions

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(p.1) The Man Who Asked for Onions
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Von Sternberg
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John Baxter

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813126012.003.0001

Von Sternberg asked for some onions when he visited the famous Emerald Room of the Australia Hotel, the most prestigious hotel in Sydney, if not the most modern. He boasted to his friends that when he was in California, he always ate onions and garlic to cure things. In every direction of the Hotel, tables covered in linen, ironed glossy with starch, extended to infinity. Out of sight a fountain played, while marble nymphs observed the guests covertly from a jungle of potted ferns. Each plate, bowl, dish, cup, and saucer bore the hotel's emblem. The flatware, scratched to dullness by generations of use, had the heaviness of tools—soup spoons like shovels, knives as hefty as trowels.

Keywords:   Emerald Room, Sydney, linen, emblem, trowels

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