By Edgar Allan Poe
One of Poe’s scary stories for adults, teens, and all
(15 minutes later)
The painting was a mere head and shoulders study, done in what is technically termed a vignette manner; much in the style of the favorite heads of Sully. The arms, the bosom, and even the ends of the radiant hair melted imperceptibly into the vague yet deep shadow which formed the background. The frame was oval, richly gilded and filigreed in Moresque.
A terrible thing
Thinking earnestly upon these points, I remained, for an hour perhaps, half sitting, half reclining, with my vision riveted upon the portrait. At length, satisfied with the true secret of its effect, I fell back within the bed. I had found the spell of the picture in an absolute life-likeliness of expression, which, at first startling, finally confounded, subdued, and appalled me.
With deep and reverent awe I managed to replace the candelabrum in its former position. The cause of my deep agitation being thus shut from view, I sought eagerly the volume which discussed the paintings and their histories. Turning to the number which designated the oval portrait, I there read the vague and quaint words which follow.
The spirit of the lady
Scary story for adults
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