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Feb. 1st, 2012 | 09:34 pm

In Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love, the luxury flat Linda is installed in by Fabrice includes "enormous windows [that] worked like windows of a motor-car, the whole of the glass disappearing into the wall". I assumed this was just a made-up device to show how fancy it was, until yesterday when I was reading a recent acquisition, The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters. There's a letter from Unity to Diana in which she describes Hitler's mountain retreat, the Berghof. It includes a window, described as follows: "The window - the largest piece of glass ever made - can be wound down like a motor window, as it was yesterday, leaving it quite open". LINDA'S FLAT IS BASED ON HITLER'S HOUSE. I am a bit disturbed.

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