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lie would paint to show me Ms conception of the beautiful sculptress of blance Bologna to myself ; and were unless it with so , I change was prepared of feeling to see the a faint artist resem had
changed his idea . , As I approached the spot indicated to me by MrMartthat where the icture hungI could almost have
. yn as p , heard Before the I pulsation had time ' of to my raise heart . , for the icture was laced , my eyespp
, rather high , Mr . Martyn , burst forth with " Too bad of you , Miss Lindoresnot to let me into the secret . Well , to be sure , I never
, did see so remarkable , a likeness . " "Yes , there I "was , standing erect in full stature , with a chisel in my
st hand executed le . , -while As , I for perceived rays the of li likeness g at ht a seemed glance it was , to in stream unmistakeable the master over 's the finest but entir and so e picture hi purest ghly ,
idealize y d that I should have , been vain beyond the , vanity of men had I not acknowledged that the beauty was entirely owing to the
natel rich y imag my ination companion and the was inimitable too busy skill to look of the at painter the orig . inal Fortu . I -
continued to gaze at what seemed my spirit-self until tears dimmed vation my sig . ht , I and sauntered then I slowl turned y on in , another seeing direction our sfcudio to in escap Paris e obser , and
-Cleveland standing before my Properzia as 1 now had stood before weakness his . If I si for ghed it and is so drew my to veil say down we are , it resolved was but to a pardonable do this or
that , the ; doing of which easy , at times , defies a thousand strong resolves ; that moment my . banishment of the artist was a mere
figure of speech . " Only think , _" said Mr . Martyn , when I What rejoined him , he " Cleveland iswhen
absolutely refuses to sell that picture . "a fool , MrWaddington offers him his own price . You know" he
. , added with simplicity , " that he could easily get you to sit for another if he wanted your face in particular . "
" He could doubtless easily paint another , " I answered , " but I did not sit to Mr . Cleveland ; probably the likeness is accidental . "
" When I have an opportunity I shall not fail to ask him , " was the I rep was ly : sitting and we with returned fiushed home face . and hair not yet arranged for a
state occasion , ( a dinner party , ) when Wilton , Mrs . Martyn ' s maid , tapped to the question at my door , wh , to at . ask dress if she I meant could assist to wear me , ( to as dress she . saw In none answer at
hand , ) 1 hastily answered , " Oh . give me any , whatever comes uppermost often and having do ; that ; " no and is , tim having she e to broug di this spute ht permission me it the was prettiest , soon she did transferred one as she waiting could from -maids find the ,
wardrobe to my person . The dinner , -bell rang , and away I fiew , Wilton screaming after me that my hair was not half dressed .
as On a special our way favor home , that from I the would , Exhibition not mention , Mr . Mart to yn his had wife requested , as he ,
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