We praised the cheap drop ceiling and not the mural on the walls of the Highpoint Christian Church nursery for proffering mercy, for the way its plainness
saved our eyes from having to meet the gaze of human faces painted where animal faces should be--nightmares to the child plotting her escape from any academy let alone a school of Christ suffering the children to play under scenes depicting that first garden we lost and where, in their version, we crawled like cartoon hybrids of the locusts John the Revelator later dreamed: shapes of horses, bared teeth of lions, scorpions, hair of women, wings.
But as Socrates said ahead of his execution: 'My plainness
of speech makes them hate me, and what is their hatred but a proof that I am speaking the truth.'
It replaces the plainness
of the day, the clock-ins and clock-outs, the programmed life, robotic and cold.
The plain and unornamented body of Dervish reflects the purity and plainness
of these dresses and also the ritual itself.
Then, under the night sky, I drove the 70 miles back to DeWitt, the town's dismal plainness
stabbing my heart, triggering that desperate wanting to go Home.
The soup itself is creamy and thick, while the spiciness of the lobster plays beautifully against the plainness
of the vegetable.
Served topped with a highly acidic balsamic glaze which cut across the plainness
of the dish, it was that and the waspish buzz of the ratatouille chutney that brought this to life - with a viscous consistency there was little distinction to the cheese and perhaps an applewood or other smoked variety would give the souffle itself a little more vibrancy.
* depending on an appropriate interpretation of the image(s), no surface decoration may in itself be a design feature, eg Apple's CRD subtly indicated the plainness
and transparency of the surface by using short lines to suggest the incidence of light.
Use complementing furniture and decor to dress up the plainness
The style unites the craftsman sensibility of Scandinavian design and Frank Lloyd Wright with the uncompromising geometric plainness
The usefulness of caution, of plainness
. It's all not very razzamataz, but in the long run it's the long run that counts.
BARE concrete walls create a cool foundation to build on - their plainness
will mean your furniture becomes the main focus and make the space feel light.
Or yesterday maybe, I don't know." The first sentences of Albert Camus' The Stranger are one of the most famous opening gambits in literature, combining absolute plainness
with a mysterious kind of threat.
Newcastle poet Sean O'Brien, in The Sunday Times, said she could write "with beautiful plainness
about ordinary life".