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There are many "ecphrases" or set descriptions of this kind, and they show a good deal of stock convention.
"ecphrases" and interspersions of verse follow as usual.
More ambitious but less successful, except as mere descriptive _ecphrases_,  are the title-story of a beautiful model posing, and _Le Songe d'une Nuit d'Été_, with a companion picture of two lovers bathing at night; _Pile ou Face_ (a girl who is so divided between two lovers that a friend advises her to toss up, with the pessimist-satiric addition that no doubt, between tossing and marriage, she will be sorry she did not take the other, but afterwards will forget all about him) is slighter; and
To a modern eye the interiors are anything but distinct, despite the elaborate _ecphrases_, some of which have been quoted. [