A vast glazed mahogany cabinet filled the wall behind Karl
Krinsky’s desk. Its lower shelves were given over to books,
the majority of them relating to the Etruscans. A large
section was devoted to anthropological texts. These were in a
variety of languages — Italian, French, English and Dutch — and were
decades old. The upper shelves of the cabinet were home
to all manner of strange objects, mostly of an archaeological
nature: clay figurines, bronze implements, bits of pottery, fragments of
stone sculpture and the like. On the very top shelf
were two skulls — pallid pools of gloom behind the glass.
Paraphrases from the novel The Savage Garden by Mark Mills.