The framing sequence is a bit dry -and- florid, but it does have the virtue of calling to mind Ray Bradbury's framing sequence for The Illustrated Man.
An English traveling portrait painter and his family are in dire straits due to his eyes failing from overuse.
He is told he cannot paint or even look at things without a green visor for 6 months, or they will probably be damaged permanently. Fortunately, it occurs to his devoted and clever wife that some of the wonderful stories he has heard from his subjects might be put into a book form. Its sales could provide the family income whilst he recovers.
The stories are old-fashioned and well-done romances with a hint of suspense to them. Was the dire secret revealed to the grandson true or the figment of an old man's imagination? What chance does a poor artist's model have with a nobleman when a church official and a woman of much experience scheme to keep him single?
After Dark was enjoyable for me, and I think it would be enjoyed by those who don't mind old-fashioned turns of phrase and virtue triumphing after suffering.
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