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Barine (c1894). Sir Edward John Poynter (British, 1836-1919). Horace’s Faithless Barine is about a calculating temptress who breaks the heart of every man she meets, leaving only “a train of slaves [which] grows every day.” Poynter uses subtle symbolism: The maiden is crowned by red roses, traditional representation of passion, as she gently tears a love letter in two. The notion of “undying devotion” has fallen upon deaf ears as Barine coldly dismisses the token of love...."