After the Pleistocene

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"Then and Now" by Somerset Maugham
 He(Niccolo Machiavelli) then presented his letter of audience. The Duke gave it a glance and handed it to the secretary. Ceasar Borgia was a man of striking beauty, of more than common height, with broad shoulders, a powerful chest and slim waist. He was dressed in black, which emphasized his vivid colouring, and besides a ring on the index finger of his right hand his only ornament was the collar of St. Michael, the order which King Louis had conferred upon him.
 His hair, of a rich auburn and carefully dressed, was worn long and reached his shoulders; he had a moustache and a short beard trimmed to a point. His nose was straight and delicate and his eyes, under well-marked brows, were fine and bold; his well-shaped mouth was sensual; his skin clean and glowing. His gait was stately, yet graceful, and in his bearing was something of majesty. Machiavelli asked himself how it came about that this young man, the offspring of a Roman woman of the people and a fat, hook-nosed Spanish priest who had bought the papacy by shameless simony, had acquired the demeanour of a great prince.
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