With an immense and horrifying rustle the balloon brushed against a telephone pole, and for a tense instant he anticipated either an electric explosion or a bursting of the oiled silk
, or both.
| NDER a stitched layer of oiled silk
was a length of the most expensive black doublevelvet, carefully packed in layers of an old, stained manuscript.
The Ancient Romans made condoms from goats' bladders, the Egyptians went for linen sheaths to protect from tropical diseases, the Japanese had condoms made from leather and tortoiseshell, and the Chinese wrapped oiled silk
paper round the penis to prevent infection.