The Oval Portrait

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  • She was happy! She loved that her husband enjoyed painting so much. Until he decided to paint his beautiful wife.
  • This is wonderful!
  • This is amazing! Great Work!
  • For weeks, she sat in the tall, dark room while he worked. He was a silent man, always working, always lost in his wild, secret dreams. She sat still always smiling, never moving while he painted her hour after hour, day after day.
  • He did not see that she was growing weaker with every day. He never noticed that she was not healthy any more, and not happy any more. The change was happening in front of his eyes, but he did not see it.
  • Noo! What has happened to my wife? I can't take this!
  • Several people saw the half-finished picture. They told the painter how wonderful it was, speaking softly as he worked. They said the portrait showed how much he loved his beautiful wife.
  • His eyes almost never left the painting now, even to look at his wife’s face. Her face was as white as snow. The room became pitch black, loosing all life.
  • As he looked, he began to shake. All colour left his face. With his eyes on the portrait, he cried out to the world: ‘This woman is not made of paint! She is alive!’ Then he turned suddenly to look at the woman he loved so much. She was dead.
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