... Cecilia Tallis half ran with her flowers
along the path that went by the river,
by the old diving pool
with its mossy brick wall,
before curving away
through the oak woods.
The cool shade of the woods was a relief,
the sculpted intricacies of the tree trunks enchanting.
Once through the iron kissing gate,
and past the rhododendrons beneath the ha-ha,
she crossed the open parkland ...
and came up behind the fountain
and its retaining wall
and the half-scale reproduction of Bernini's Triton
in the Piazza Barberini in Rome.
Ian McEwan's novel "Atonement"
Click on the last picture
to see the Triton fountain in Rome.
40 miles southeast of Vienna
6 August 2008
© by Merisi