DISCUSSION: Lines 15-17 are very important. They tell us what kind of work Gray did not like:
- Art Nouveau had flowing, leafy lines. Gray avoided this kind of work.
- She preferred straight lines and simple forms.
- Gray liked straight lines and simplicity. Curves aren’t straight, and tassels aren’t simple! (Tassles are those fancy dangly things you see on some older furniture)
- As with A, Gray preferred simple, straight lines. Carvings of birds and trees may be pretty, but they are not simple, and their lines aren’t straight.
- The first part of this sounds good. But, think about what “intended to resemble the flowers” means. It means this vase is steel shaped like a bunch of flowers! That’s not simple, and it’s not straight lines.
You may have been thinking of line 39 “meet their occupants’ needs”. That is not the same thing as “looks like occupant”. Would you comfortably sit in a chair that looked like you?
- Again, this is describing things which are not straight lines. Pearls, beads, shells: those are all curved!
- CORRECT. Good enough. This matches “simple” (line 17), “steel” (i.e. metal, line 38) and “meet their occupant’s needs” (line 39).
Steel is metal, and fitting the human form means meeting the needs of the human sitting in the chair.
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