The new Commissioner was free to choose a dwelling which suited his fancy. If it did not exist, it would be built for him at public expense. But when he asked for a pagoda, he was given a geodesic dome. His original request specified an elevator. Instead, they constructed only an exposed shaft. Pethaps this was done to compromise his whims, thought the Commission. The kitchen was a significant alteration from the plans he had submitted. In place of the gas range drawn for the centre of the foot, he received a hot-plate on a counter severely reduced in size. The living room rose to the full height of the dome. Barcelona chairs and contemporary- styled coffee tables of glass and chrome composed the only furniture in the airy space where the floor was of grey quarry tile. Now hate did he find a trace of the rococo pieces he had ordered. The master bedroom could not be distinguished from the other five. Also, he had acquired three more bed- rooms than planned
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We reached the car, and I held the door open for him, but he didn't climb in right away. He stood there rocking on his crutch, gazing off at the sky and the fields and the fall trees starting to go the color of sherbet