In chapter 2, we visit the Blanquez Villa, the home of Benigno, his sister Inette, and his parents, Cesare, the Consejero de Pubblica Istruzione, and Lucrezia. Unlike Fayacia’s mansion, which is built in Gothic style, the Blanquez home is more similar to the Roman villa.
When Benigno’s great-great-grandfather was alive, the Blanquez Villa was very similar to the Roman villas that we know of on Earth. But as history passed, the villa became much more like it is today, with significant changes by the current owner, Cesare Blanquez.
The upper floor contains the sleeping quarters and breakfast rooms of the Blanquez family, while the lower story contains a private library, a corridor of portraits, outdoor gardens, and a dining/reception hall.
The pride of Consejero Blanquez’s home is his gardens. In chapter 2, we see a glimpse of his largest garden:
The doors opened onto the largest garden in the Blanquez villa. Flowers unfamiliar to most Genshormenes, such as white roses, dahlias, tulips, and plumerias, surrounded a magnificent 70-meter-long reflecting pool. Bronze sculptures of the gods and his ancestors also graced the garden. The garden was also adorned with circular stone benches, which were oddly comfortable to Benigno.
This garden is loosely based on the outer peristyle garden in the Getty Villa museum in Los Angeles, Pacific Palisades, California. Check out the images at their official site.
Cesare, as the influential Consejero de Pubblica Istruzione (more on the Consejero system in a future blog post), collected these rare flowers from Proulx after the Genshormene invasion. Whether this was another act of Genshormene oppression or simply out of interest in other country’s wonders is hard to judge. In any case, because these flowers are not normally seen in Genshormen—a country which is mostly desert—the flowers also signify to Benigno that Genshormen does not have all the answers.