Shady Faces

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Shady faces
Sorevers, maistres myres.

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Approximately ten male characters are pressed together, showing only a bunch of grinning and grotesque faces. Their features, half buried in the shadows, are outlined in white against a black background, which makes them seem even more disturbing.

This engraving illustrates a paragraph of the story “How the Chateau d’Azay Came to Be Built,” from Droll Stories, where one of the characters, nearly unconscious, sees people who think he’s dead leaning over him.

“How the Chateau d’Azay Came to Be Built” is available from Project Gutenberg.