Part One: Intense jealousy takes possession of Matthew Durand when his wife's foster brother, Carl, comes from Paris and she greets him affectionately. Carl has been studying art in Europe and she has not seen him in many years. She had almost despaired of ever seeing him again and he brings back the ties of their early childhood. Durand is a man strong in his likes and dislikes, unreasonably so, and his wife's adopted relationship to Carl does not in any way ameliorate his anger or consideration. His jealousy develops into an overpowering hatred for Carl which displays itself in no uncertain manner when Carl paints Mrs. Durand's portrait, which she admires and prizes very highly, for Carl has not only displayed his wonderful genius in the work, but has been inspired by the beauty of his foster-sister, who is a most charming woman. Durand interprets his wife's smile as reproduced in the portrait as an evidence of her admiration for the handsome artist and younger man. In fury, he ...
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