What does Aylmer do to his laboratory in preparation for Georgiana’s stay in "The Birthmark"?

In "The Birthmark," Aylmer transforms his laboratory into a series of beautiful apartments in preparation for Georgiana’s stay. The laboratory was previously smoky, dingy, and somber. But as it was clearly unsuitable to the secluded abode of a lovely woman, he completely changed it, furnishing the laboratory with lush, gorgeous curtains.

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Ever since he married Georgiana, Aylmer has been trying to persuade her to let him remove the unsightly birthmark on her face. Now, at long last, she’s relented to his insistent persuasion and has agreed to allow him to perform the operation.

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Ever since he married Georgiana, Aylmer has been trying to persuade her to let him remove the unsightly birthmark on her face. Now, at long last, she’s relented to his insistent persuasion and has agreed to allow him to perform the operation.

The operation is due to be performed in Aylmer’s laboratory. But before the operation can take place, Aylmer transforms the laboratory into a suite of beautiful apartments. Aylmer clearly believes that a laboratory is no place for a woman, especially one as beautiful, elegant, and refined as Georgiana. Aylmer’s lab is a smoky, dingy, inhospitable place, certainly not somewhere one would choose to spend much time. Furthermore, Aylmer wants to assure Georgiana that all will be well during her forthcoming operation, so he wants to make his laboratory look as little like a laboratory as humanly possible.

Before Georgiana crosses the threshold of Aylmer’s laboratory for the first time—and, as it turns out, also the last—Aylmer transforms what had been his own private kingdom into a series of beautiful apartments, complete with gorgeous curtains, that impart a rare combination of grandeur and grace. Ultimately, Aylmer is trying to make Georgiana feel comfortable with her new surroundings before he carries out the operation.

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