By Anne Thackeray Ritchie
Anne Thackeray Ritchie (1837-1919) was once a author and the eldest daughter of the novelist W. M. Thackeray. She had a tumultuous adolescence: her mom suffered from melancholy and was once finally devoted to a clinic, and the relatives skilled poverty sooner than her father's literary good fortune. Anne was once super as regards to her father, who prominent her mind and inspired her writing. whilst he died, Anne organize condominium along with her sister Harriet and her brother-in-law, the literary journalist Leslie Stephen. Anne's novels have been serialised within the Cornhill journal, which her father had edited, and their luck validated her literary acceptance. A ebook of Sibyls is Anne's examine of 4 lady writers: the poet Anna Laetitia Barbauld and the novelists Amelia Opie, Maria Edgeworth and Jane Austen. for additional info in this writer, see http://orlando.cambridge.org/public/svPeople?person_id=ritcan [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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XIII. One is glad to hear of her away and at Bowood reviving in good company, in all senses of the word. Her old friend Lord Henry Petty, now Lord Lansdowne, was still her friend and full of kindness. Outside the house spread a green deer-park to rest her tired eyes, within were pleasant and delightful companions to cheer her soul. Sir Samuel Romilly was there, of whom she speaks with affectionate admiration, as she does of her kind host and hostess. 'I much enjoy the sight of Lady Lansdowne's happiness with her husband and her children.
Edgeworth most fortunately detained them. 'Half an hour afterwards, as we were quietly sitting in the portico, we heard, as we thought close to us, the report of a pistol or a clap of thunder which shook the house. The officer soon after returned almost speechless; he could hardly explain what had happened. The ammunition cart, containing nearly three barrels of gunpowder, took fire, and burnt half-way on the road to Longford. The man who drove the cart was blown to atoms. Nothing of him could be found.
Her face was remarkably intelligent--dark sparkling eyes, dark hair curled in the most fashionable long corkscrew ringlets over her eyes and cheeks. She parted the ringlets to take a full view of us. The dress of her figure by no means suited the head and elegance of her attitude. What her nether weeds might be we could not distinctly see, but they seemed a coarse short petticoat like what Molly Bristow's children would wear. ' She led the way with the grace of a young lady who has been taught to dance across two ante-chambers, miserable-looking; but, miserable or not, no home in Paris can be without them.