One-minute review: Narrator is wounded. He and his valet seek shelter in an abandoned house. Comes upon a series of paintings and a book discussing them. One portrait is especially interesting because it is so life like, a portrait of the artist’s wife. He had painted her to the life and in doing so, he had sucked the life from her. She was dead.
75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World’s Literature. Ed. Roger B. Goodman.