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self-possession, not in timidity, —all combined to make up a whole impression, which, though too young to understand, I was well prepared to feel.
How wearisome now appears that thorough-bred millefleur beauty, the distilled result of ages of European culture!
Give me rather the wild heath on the lonely hill-side, than such a rose-tree from the daintily clipped garden.
But, then, I had but tasted the cup, and knew not how little it could satisfy; more, more, was all my cry; continued througo me rude, tiresome, and childish, as I did to them dull and strange.
This experience had been earlier, before I was admitted to any real friendship; but now that I had been lifted into the life of mature years, and into just that atmosphere of European life to which I had before been tending, the thought of sending me to school filled me with disgust.
Yet what could I tell my father of such feelings?
I resisted all I could, but in vain.
He had no faith in medical aid generally, and justly