before a mirror, she could not have caught the look so successfully. Had the picture itself been a mirror, it could not have thrown back her present aspect, with stronger and more melancholy truth. She appeared quite unconscious of the dialogue between the artist and her lover.
"Elinor," exclaimed Walter, in amazement, "what change has come over you?"
She did not hear him, nor desist from her fixed gaze, till he seized her hand, and thus attracted her notice; then, with a sudden tremor, she looked from the picture to the face of the original.
"Do you see no change in your portrait?" asked she.
"In mine?--None!" replied Walter, examining it. "But let me see! Yes; there is a slight change,--an improvement, I think, in the picture, though none in the likeness. It has a livelier expression than yesterday, as if some bright thought were flashing from the eyes, and about to be uttered from the lips. Now that I have caught the look, it becomes very decided."
While he was intent on
Short story / Occult (Evil predictions) / Horror (Supernatural)
R: * * * *
Minor piece, not very hair-raising. I kept wishing it had been written by Poe.
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