Sophia de la Cerda Posted October 29, 2016 Share Posted October 29, 2016 Portrait Gallery The long hallway connecting the Banqueting House and the Great Hall is decked out in portraits, landscapes and sculptures from all the past masters. Stools dot the hallway, as well as a fireplace or two, to warm it in the winter months. Also scattered about are small nooks that lend an air of privacy in the open corridor, especially at night. Sophia wasn't ready to go home after her meeting with Lady Mountjoy ended. Nothing awaited her there but endless hours of solitude. At least there was life in the palace. She had planned to go to the music room, but found herself in the Portrait Gallery instead, walking slowly down the hallway and perusing the paintings on the wall. When she had first visited, she had thought the portraits were watching her, but she didn't feel that way today. In fact, it was the portraits that intrigued her now. Some of the faces that stared back at her were stern and unyielding, others were smiling, and one of the ladies looked as if she was barely concealing a secret. She stopped in front of that one, observing the lady closely and wondering if she had truly been hiding something and what it might have been. Maybe she'd had a secret lover, or perhaps she had just found out she was pregnant. Whatever the reason, the woman in the portrait looked happy and content. What would I look like, she wondered, if somebody painted me? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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