by Edgar Allen Poe
Alone in a corner of the street sat an apartment. "To all appearance it had been temporarily and very lately abandoned."
Inside this apartment, "decorations were rich, yet tattered and antique". The walls were also decorated with "spirited modern paintings".
There was a strange man in the attic, looking around. He found a passage on a picture known as "The Oval Portrait". The man started reading.
In the story, the man read of a "maiden of the rarest beauty" who married a passionate, artistic painter.
The maiden only hated her husband's art because it was said to be her "rival".
The maiden dreaded only the pallet and brushes. She also hated the other "untoward instruments" because it deprived her of facial expression of her true love.
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