Notes on slumbering under a glass shade: . . . Static. Preserved in aspic. Hiatus. Respite. Holding breath. Pause. . . All that is precious, encased. Glass domes denote value, consequence, substance. . . . . Recognition of the passage of time is avoided, by preventing dust from landing on the object contained within glass. . . . Wardian case: protected glass houses for ferns. . . Tableau vivant: silent, motionless group of people, to be admired. (Kate Matthews Collection.) . . . . . Statues. . . . . . .