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The Man Who Asked for Onions

John Baxter

in Von Sternberg

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126012
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135601 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126012.003.0001
The Man Who Asked for Onions

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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

Chapter.  1244 words. 

Subjects: Film

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