"I hope you will forgive me for presuming to write to you without permission, but I feel that I must reveal to you my feelings and my hopes. Trusting that my attentions have, in a measure, prepared you for a demonstration of some kind as regards the future, I now throw myself at your feet." This wonderful portrait inspired me to attempt a few lines in the writing style of the Victorian era. Just fooling around. By the way I love the pose, as well as the great color of the gown!