A beautiful description of how someone speaks a language, using a flight of stairs and a banister slide as a metaphor for melody.

… and the melody of the French language was in her veins, climbing the steep staircase and then suddenly sliding down the banister of her sentences.

Source: Lajos Zilahy, The Dukays, trans. John Pauker (London: Prion, 2001), p. 44

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