Consider the gorgeous palace erected by Potemkin, that princely barbarian of Russia, to surprise and please his imperial mistress

Consider the gorgeous palace erected by Potemkin, that princely barbarian of Russia, to surprise and please his imperial mistress

“[consider] the gorgeous palace erected by Potemkin, that princely barbarian of Russia, to surprise and please his imperial mistress: huge blocks of ice were piled one upon another; Ionic pillars of chastest workmanship, in ice, formed a noble portico; and a dome of the same material, shone in the sun, which had just strength enough to gild, but not to melt it. It glittered afar, like a palace of crystals and diamonds; but there came one warm breeze from the south, and the stately building dissolved away, till none were able even to gather up the fragments.”

Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds P. 29

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