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The Beldonald Holbein

By James, Henry

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Title: The Beldonald Holbein  
Author: James, Henry
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Literature, Literature & drama
Collections: Penn State University's Electronic Classics Series Collection
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Excerpt: Chapter 1. Mrs. Munden had not yet been to my studio on so good a pretext as when she first intimated that it would be quite open to me--should I only care, as she called it, to throw the handkerchief--to paint her beautiful sister-in-law. I needn?t go here more than is essential into the question of Mrs. Munden, who would really, by the way, be a story in herself. She has a manner of her own of putting things, and some of those she has put to me--! Her implication was that Lady Beldonald hadn?t only seen and admired certain examples of my work, but had literally been prepossessed in favour of the painter?s ?personality.? Had I been struck with this sketch I might easily have imagined her ladyship was throwing me the handkerchief. ?She hasn?t done,? my visitor said, ?what she ought.?


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