Making the Most of Love

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A woman is sits next to a man marvelling at the expensive portrait she gave him
Making the most of love.
"O my little lamb! I admire and caress with such pleasure the portrait you sent me! But you had it adorned with brilliants, how extravagant! Don't ever do something like that again, it makes me sad... And this watch chain, how beautiful it is, how rich! Therefore, I, too, want to offer you a gift which will please and remind you of our love and happiness. I want to give you a lock of my hair."

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A plain-looking young woman is sitting on a sofa next to a young man who holds her hand and marvels at the brilliant-studded miniature portrait she gave him. The caption reads in the original French:

Exploitation de l’amour.
— O mon trésor! Avec quel plaisir j’admire, je caresse le charmant portrait que tu m’as envoyé !… Mais tu l’as fait orner de brillans, quelle folie! ne fais donc plus de ces choses là, tu me fais de la peine… Et cette chaîne de montre, comme elle est belle ! comme elle est riche ! Aussi, je veux à mon tour t’offrir un présent qui te soit agréable, qui te rappelle notre amour, notre bonheur… Je veux te donner une mèche de mes cheveux.

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