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I was struck at first sight. A sunbeam streamed through the window and fell upon the alluring form, which seemed to wish to step out of its dark background and
come towards me. It was the
most lovely creature, such as I had never seen except in the dreams of my adolescence. The lady of the portrait must have been some twenty odd years;
she was no simple maiden, no half-opened rosebud, but a woman in the full resplendency of her beauty. Her face was oval, but not too long, her lips
full , half-open and smiling, her eyes cast a languishing side-glance, and she had a dimple on her chin as if formed by the tip of Cupid’s playful finger. Her head-dress was strange but elegant; a compact group of curls
plastered conewise one over the other covered her temples, and a basket of braided hair rose on the top of her head. This old-fashioned head-dress, which was trussed up from the nape of her neck, disclosed all the softness of her fresh young throat, on which the dimple of her chin was reduplicated more vaguely and delicately. As for the dress…

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This is an excerpt from First Love by Emilia Pardo-Bazan. By this point in the story a young boy of about twelve, has a habit of going into his aunt’s room and rummaging through her things. He found it interesting, sort of like going to a museum for him. One day when he was on one of his adventures, he found a portrait of a young woman, of whom he describes in the paragraph above. Pardo-Bazan writes that the young boy goes into a lot of detail about how the girl looks, what she was wearing and how appealing she was to him. He uses many literary devices to describe her, it is almost as if Pardo-Bazan wants her readers to understand that the young boy was in a daze. It is odd that the author would use this word choice for the young boys voice, because normally young children probably would not describe things in this way. I think this was done because Emilia Pardo-Bazan wanted to make sure this story was written in a literary sense. First the young boy describes the young woman as a whole decribing how the picture stood out to him and what type of person she seemed to him. Secondly, he begins to describe her face, her hair, her headdress and how she was perfect for him in every way. He says that she her headdress was old fashioned, but that did not seem to bother him. All that counted for him was the physical appearance of the girl much like most young boys his age throughout history.

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