I spent some time at the Tate Britain Gallery in London yesterday. There was one painting that really struck a chord with me. "The Order to Release" (1746) by John Millais. The scene is a Jacobite soldier being released by his wife who is resolutely staring away, making sure she gets her husband back. They have been waiting a long time. The child's flower is partially crumbled on the ground and the child is now sleeping. The dog's tongue is almost sandwiched between the hands of the couple.
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