The scent organ | Aldous Huxley 1931

The perfume organ “Demoiselles Atlantis, supervised by two male
engineers of the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique, for safety.

“The scent organ was playing a delightfully refreshing Herbal Capriccio – rippling
arpeggios of thyme and lavender, of rosemary, basil, myrtle, tarragon; a series of
daring modulations through the spice keys into ambergris; and a slow return
through sandalwood, camphor, cedar and newmown hay (with occasional subtle
touches of discord – a whiff of kidney pudding, the faintest suspicion of pig’s dung)
back to the simple aromatics with which the piece began. The final blast of thyme
died away; there was a round of applause; the lights went up.”

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, 1931


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