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Mr Lumley said: "No wonder you were scrubbing away at your fingernails.
John Macfarlane's set, on a highly raked stage, was striking, though one wondered why the half-dozen maids at the opera's outset were so busy scrubbing away at what looked like an earthquake-ravaged palace.
But scrubbing away the patriotic varnish, beginning in the 1960s, researchers discovered in Virgil "a far more pessimistic view, one that seriously questioned the idea of human mam progress and imperial power," writes classics scholar Madeline Miller.
Scrubbing away dead skin cells makes it easier for moisture to be absorbed into the skin and helps to even out rough skin.