To her bodily needs she devoted quite unnecessary attention, though never enough to satisfy herself. She was in a great hurry to get into her bath, and very unwilling to get out again.

In the calidarium, a bath kept hot enough to paint a pink divide between the wet and dry parts of the body, the heat creeps up the neck. To cool off, the capillaries strain to reach the underside of the skin, sensing that, just above their canopy, in a place they cannot see, is a balmy breeze. Enthusiasts claim that the calidarium reactivates the adrenal and pituitary glands. They have been sitting quietly for years after childhood. The chemistry of a bath is not far from transmogrification; not unlike childhood gymastics that stretch the skeleton, hang it from monkey bars, the extreme heat creates something.

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