Some architectural notes
Patrick Leigh Fermor
I. THE GREEK STONES SPEAK `Metope with anyone?'
`A mutule friend.'
'Arris? 'E's a regula guy! Won't admit him pediment.'
`He'll abacus up?'
`Well, he's echinus on'.
(entasis) 'Your façade speaks volutes!'
`Yes, but she astragal with her dentils, boss!'
(pendentive) 'What a cavetto!'
`Well, I'm not soffit. Adytum last night. ..'
`He scotia there!'
`My cornice something Ionic!'
`Tried pilasters? Or a pillar entablature used to? Triglyph for relief, annule see!'
`No! Dont palmette off on me!'
(`He'scotus all wrong!'
`What a cella!') `I'm pronaos, but antefie (We's in antis!'
`He's all of a dodo!'
`In a stylobate!') `Peristyle?' `No Hypostyle!'
`Architrave!' (Hc torus apart) `Doric . '
`We'll frieze in this gutta!'
`Do you . . . caryatid . . . ?'
`Mm! But dont telamon!'
(Intercolumniation) `Alt! I feel like a taenia old!'
`Don't come an acropolis! Stoa 'nother?'
`Yeth! Cyma 'gain, plinth! Your lapith lovely!'
(Necking) `This is parados!'
(base fluting and tympanum) : '0 tholos mice II. THE GOTHIC NORTH `In transept?'
`Yes. Who's that ball-flower? Newel?'
`Rose Window, a module. Trumeau's dorter, by a dormer tie.'
`Romanesque! ... Engaged column?'
No, free-standing. No offspring or diaper-work. But she's finial! NI, you've no credence!'
'Shall I . . . ashlar?'
`Not a chancel a mullion, with those clustered piers!'
`Wish I hagioscope!'
`Why not triforium, tell a clerestory? Or play a mandorla, just in caisson?'
`0 cladding voussoir lunette —' (coffers, `Ladies and gentlemen, I've decided to depart from my prepared speech . . . . ' getting cloister). 'May I, a spire —' (no responds) If you squinch, aisle screen!'
`There! You've sedilia can!' `Where's that organ?' `Aisle in choir . . . '
(`Cantoris win the bolection?' `How decani tell?') `Corbel!'
Guilloche's off! They're laying on stanchion.'
(Tut those Saxon here, Norman!'
Got the basket, arch? Bell hamper?'
`Open the chamfer! Nook shaft!') `Fillets? Impost? Herringbone? Fresco buttress? Jamb? Scallops? Vessica piscis?'
`Or broach the string course?
`I'm not perpendicular, Arch . . . '
`Haunch, or rib?'
`Span? Crockets? Mould?'
`Some more trefoil, please'.
(pointed) 'You're putting on fleche.'
(beams) 'Why wear a truss?'
`Another bowtell, Arch?'
`Mm! Fillet up — don't joggle!'
(stained glass) `Scroll!'
`Dog-tooth? One wing?'
(Flushwork! In their cusps again! They gargoyle in it, ravelin barmkins!) `I've a niche, a pinnacle on my postern . . . '
`Your reredos? Let me lancet!' (skew- back) 'Don't arcuate!' (stoups).
Wisericorde `Turn it up, Arch! Are you a crypt, o choir!' (Rood-loft her . ) (Arch groins): 'Billet me on the dome!'
`Call an ambulatory!'
`Have a squint, or he'll piscina minute!'
`Look what that dripstone!'
`Who canopied here? Who's coping?'
(A bit steeple! Not crocket! A debased spandrel! Re vaulting! Give him a dozen fly- ing buttresses up the apse! Rough strapwork!
Pulvinate him!' etc) (Springing, archivolts undercroft) `Arch is a slype now.' `They're both sleepers'. `Won't liern!' . . . `No. Arcades ambo. ' `Overhung?'
`Per apse, when dais done . . . '