Cleopatra.needle.sphynx.arp.750pix - Cleopatra's Needle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: One of two sphinxes at the base of London's Cleopatra's Needle. The scars on the pedestal were from fragments of a bomb dropped close to this spot, during a World War I airstrike.
His world blinked out for an instant, silver steel and pain as red as wine wheeling behind his eyes. He groped blindly for the source of the fire and found it; it was leaking out of his face and dripping onto the snow. He was lying in the snow. When did that happen?
The Red Fairy Book (Fairy Books) by Andrew Lang (K 368) Once upon a time, in the middle of winter when the snow-flakes were falling like feathers on the earth, a Queen sat at a window framed in black ebony and sewed. And as she sewed and gazed out to the white landscape, she pricked her finger with the needle, and three drops of blood fell on the snow outside… Andrew Lang began gathering fairy tales with the aim of conserving "the old stories that have pleased so many generations."