The Picture of Las Cruces; A Romance of Mexico

The Picture of Las Cruces; A Romance of Mexico

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...figure upon it seemed glowing with more than the tints of life, and enveloped in a golden atmosphere the same figure, transformed to breathing existence before it. For, strange to say, Carmen was arrayed in the rich robes which heretofore she had worn only for her sittings, and as she stood in front of the portrait of the Marquesa, in the same attitude, wearing the same expression of superb pride, and meeting the pictured eyes with a gaze which seemed to say, "Behold me!" the likeness between the two was more startling and more exact than Ingraham had ever before beheld it. He did not know how long he stood spellbound by the singular scene, for he could not resist the impression that some mysterious influence was passing between the picture and the girl, but when he advanced the first sound of his step roused Carmen, and she turned. As her eyes, full of brilliant light, met his, a thrill passed through him; he quickened his steps, and the next moment would, without other greeting, have taken her into his arms--had she not spoken. But her words stopped him--her words, and an expression on her face which told him that she was absorbed in some feeling which he did not share. " Do you think me mad? " she asked, with a smile. " It is strange that I should be here alone, and in this dress. But no other seemed fitting in which to come to her with my news. I felt that I could only wear this when I came to tell her that it has come to pass that I am to fill her place." A cold chill struck to Ingraham's heart. He put out his hand and unconsciously grasped for support the easel on which his own picture stood. And yet--so quick is thought--he had time to say to himself that it must be that he mistook her meaning, in the scarcely appreciable interval before...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236678109
  • 9781236678102