R.Could you please teach me about the following sentences.
It' s from Dickens' "The poor relation's story"
The questioned part is on the 11th paragraph of the story.
The Poor Relation's Story by Charles Dickens
"When I die in the Clapham Road, I shall not leave much more in this world than I shall take out of it; but, I happen to have a miniature of a bright-faced boy, with a curling head, and an open shirt-frill waving down his bosom (my mother had it taken for me, but I can't believe that it was ever like), which will be worth nothing to sell, and which I shall beg may he given to Frank. "
Question1:Is "miniature" a painting or a photograph?
I'd guess it was a photograph, because you don't have paintings "taken".
If it was a painting, she would have had it "done" or "painted".
Question2:What's the meaning of "my mother had it taken for me, but I can't believe that it was ever like"?
This is a mystery to me. It possibly means "I can't believe I was ever like this photo". But in that case, I'd expect "me" to appear on the end of the sentence. This is a strange sentence even for Dickens.
Question3:Did the mother have got her son painted (or taken), or simply got a miniature which was alike her son?
She had a photographer take a picture of him (or she had a painter paint him).
"She had a photographer take a picture" = "She got a photographer to take a picture."
I'll be grateful for your help.
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