Translated by Sophie A. Miller and Agnes M. Dunne.
Contents: After long years -- The captive -- The artist's masterpiece -- The vineyard on the hillside -- The damaged picture -- Memories awakened -- The inheritance -- How it happened -- From royal palace to lowly hut -- The ugly trinket.
f three years, the boy was as accomplished in his trade as his master.
Before starting out into the world, Michael returned to the Castle of Banford to tell of his progress, and once more thank the Duchess and her children for their kindness to him. They praised him heartily for the strides he had made. The Duchess then gave him another gift of money for his journey, and said: "Success be yours. We must never do good by halves; the sapling that we plant we should also water." Then with many encouraging remarks, the Banfords bade him good-bye.
Touched by their interest and charity, Michael was so stupefied that he could scarcely speak. When he recovered his self-control, he thanked them all, and promised faithfully to do his best and always remember their good advice.
Alfred Banford had always been kind to the poor and dutiful and affectionate to his mother. Suddenly he was seized with p