even, in a degree, from the antislavery movement, which had also helped, till then, to keep him from recluse habits.
Unfortunately his second marriage, though a congenial and happy one, did not prevent this tendency; for the lady selected was not strongly social in her aptitudes, and, moreover, became herself an invalid.
life, indeed, came just in time for him. From this point Mr. Smalley
's delineation is admirable, nothing could be truer or better; and even this partial modification of it would not be worth while were not the whole career of a man of genius deserving of much study, even in detail, lest it lead to mistaken generalizations.
Instead of painting Lowell
as a life-long recluse who was at last brought out of his shell by the delights and opportunities of London
, he is rather to be regarded as one naturally social and joyous in the highest degree, but whose life in that direction had been checked and was resumed.
It was not, in short, a case of tardy, but of interrupted development.
That he gained vastly in the power of self-repression and of mutual deference by going to London
It is the best thing taught to Americans
by the admirable discipline of the dinner-tables of that city,