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June 8, 2018
Seated at the high table, dressed in rich embroidered robes, were three men and five women.
The women were silent: pale and statuesque with hair bound up, pinned with luminous jewels, their necks hung with ropes of pearls, their shoulders bare. Had their privilege been bought by wealth and favour, through marriage, or were they possessions on display? She saw no sympathy there, no sign of support or recognition.
In the body of the hall, at long tables, she passed crowds of battle-weary men, their tables over-burdened with food, constantly replenished by serving women carrying heavy platters of smoking meat.