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258 THE PORTRAIT.
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rather a forced sinile , lie obeyed tlie command of my young companionwho chanced to be an intimate friend of his . She began
to give , him so ludicrous an account of the dinner scene , asking him whhe had not selected Mrs . Builen for his " idear of prosperity , "
y that refuse he to could paint not a refrain rich bear from ' with laug gold hing . chain " You s round : see what its neck it is as to
thick as the ropes of a ship , and armlets to correspond . I told you you would catch it . "
" "Be So much quiet , the Caroline better ; ' what said the if Mrs careless . Builen girl hears ; "it _voli may ?" teach her
, that bears are not competent to discuss art , or the merits of artists . " Finding that I did not respond to her merriment , she suddenly
paused , then turning again to Cleveland , whispered , " I believe that horrid Mrs . Builen has made Miss Lindores ill ; she looks as pale as
a g " host I trust . " Miss Lindores is not too ill to listen to an apology which
I have come expressly to make ? " . . " It is only Caroline's nonsense" I replied ; " heated rooms always
, make me pale . " I could not help remembering the night of the ambassador's ballwhen in the cool verandah we stood together by
the side of the fountain , looking out at the starry sky . Had Cleveland forgotten it ? ,
" You will , I hope , do me the justice to believe , " he went on to say , " thathad I known you were in London , nothing would have induced
me to , exhibit a picture whose successful handling is entirely due to without first asking and obtaining your j ) ermission . 'If you
you are , angry , pray be so no longer . The picture was taken away almost by force . But" he added more rapidly" you iimst now admit that my
, , Properzia outrivals yours . " A shadow of a smile passed across his countenance as he uttered the last words . " He has not forgotten the
fountain and the stars , " I thought to myself . As coldly as politeness warrantedI lied " that as a work of art no one could dispute
the point , , and rep it was , a matter of little consequence to me having my likeness exhibited , as frora . my obscure position few persons knew
me . " at least Cleveland remain looked friends hurt , " he and rep disappointed lied in a lower . " tone I th ; oug et but ht w you e . mi seem ght
to will otherwise . " " I trust , Mr . Cleveland , we shall remain friends , although your
Properzia is in the Exhibition , and mine , I presume , . in a lumber room" I forced myself to say with an assumed gaiety .. Several
, of his friends now joined us , and the party soon after broke up . I retired to my room to renew my meditations on the inconsistency of
people in general , and of Mr , Cleveland in particular .
( To be " continued . )
258 The Portrait.
258 THE _PORTRAIT .
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), June 1, 1861, page 258, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01061861/page/42/