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> I ( Concluded from p 4 193 . ^ Chapter IV . ; Very sopu after Edmund ' s meeting with Miss Vosswinkel in . the botanic garden > Miss V . discovered that the portrait of htfr papa , which hung . in . her own room > was very unlike him , and Very badly . painted- She demonstrated to the councillor that he was infi- *
nitely better and younger-looking than the painter had made him ; and she talked so often and so much upon the subject , that , at l&St * . Mr . Vosswinkel began to think the portrait and the conduct of the portrait painter equally shocking . In short , he considered ; hiifi * self M a , y ^ ry il ^ l-used ^ misrepresented , good-looking gentleman , and brderp ^ the picture into the lumber-room .
Miss Albertine , however * having been accustomed to see a sdrt of likeness of her dear papa , felf the vacant space on tne watfof her chamber a great annoyance , and she begged him to have his portrait taken again by some very skilful artist , hinting the propriety of employing ydting Mr . Edmund JLehsieri , who had already produced works of such great merit .
c Daughter , daughter ! ' said the councillor in reply to her , ' do you wish to ruin me ? those young artists are ready to burst with conceit , and require handfuls of gold for the least thing they do / Albertine assured her papa , that , on the contrary , Mr . Edmund worked less for gold than for glory . At last Mr . Vosswinkel was persuaded to call upon the young painter .
Edmund received him joy fully , for he immediately , guessed that Albertine had persuaded her . papa to emp jpy hirn - , He hastened to remove all obstacles , by declaring that he should be too happy ; to paint such a fine man as the councillor , without any thought of a recompense . , . ¦ .-. ....,, .. > , ,
< Good heavens ! do I understand aright ? ' exclaimed Mr . Vosswinkel ; quite transported ; no rtecotnpenSe , my worthy Mr . Edmund— -nothing even for the canvass aiid ( colours ?' Edmund smilingly answered , that such trifled were not worth mentioning , ' But / said the councillor , y bu dorft lqipw , perhitps , that I wish to be taken ejt iull length , ^ t ^ irge as life 7 ' * v ' ; 'It matters not , ' replied Eflrciund . _ . .., ( . „
^ - On hearing those words , the councillor threw himsieu impetuously iuto the arms of the young artist , and , with the tyfers standing in his eyefc , said : . w » Ob heavens I do > some noble souls yet flourish upon this $ elfisfy
THE CHOICE . ' ' "' - « -- •' POTJkTri FANTASY ^ l ^ CE A ^ TER HOFFMAN .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1835, page 247, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2644/page/23/