“Uncle Abraham’s Romance” by Edith Nesbit
Card Picked: 2♣️ – WILD card
Found at: Grim Tales @ ProjectGutenberg
“There’s nothing to tell,” he said. “I think it was fancy, mostly, and folly; but it’s the realest thing in my long life, my dear.”
Since this was a WILD card, I figured I’d continue with my reading of Edith Nesbit’s Grim Tales.
Our narrator, age eighteen, sits at her uncle’s knee and waits for him to tell her about his one single romance. While he never married, he often sits and gazes at the miniature of a beautiful woman. Despite what he says, she knows there’s a story there.
Finally, he tells her of a lovely young woman that he used to speak to over the churchyard wall, who didn’t care about his lame leg. Of course, this being a Edith Nesbit story with a churchyard and a mysterious portrait, we can assume that the woman isn’t exactly what she seems (well, if you assumed she was just a lovely, understanding you woman in the first place).
Predictable, but in a satisfying way