True Womanhood

Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012 - 210 páginas
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: ENTERS A NEW SPHERE. 21 CHAPTER II. At Burton-on-Trent?Lichfield Cathedral?Illness?Visits Scarbro' ? A prayer ?Removal of the family to Boston Spa? Trees in Autumn ?Death of her father?Winters in the Isle of Wight? Scenery at Ventnor?Carisbrook Castle and its intellectual donkey ?The church of St. Lawrence ? The grave of 'the Dairyman's daughter'?A word to scrawling correspondents?London ?Works of fiction?A consolatory thought for those bereaved of pious friends?Further Reminiscences by a friend. Heb brother-in-law was left in charge of an interesting legacy. Two motherless boys, one only seven months old, and the other but two years, required no small care. Young as Miss Hessel was, however, it was deemed desirable to commit them to her trust. He now resided at Burton- upon-Trent, and thither, therefore, early in 1846, she repaired. With commendable assiduity, and an efficiency surpassing expectation, she entered on her new engagements. Though she had made no secret of her repugnance to domestic duties, the dawnings of a horror of undomesticated literary women were already felt. A desire to excel in this, as in other departments, was soon manifested, and, as in most previously untried things, she had an almost intuitive perception of the right course to be pursued. Shortly after entering her new sphere, she wisely yielded to the promptings of her nature, and gave a form and substance to her thoughts by commencing a journal, which she continued for some time. Fully concurring, however, in the opinion of the late venerated Dawson of Barnbow, that diaries in general are of little worth except for personal use in private, and will only admit of brief extracts forpublication, and that a man is best seen in his unstudied letters to his friends the writer...

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