of the three, because the widest, mellowest, and most genial.
Her tales smack of the soil in the last degree, and yet leave an impression of wholesome enjoyment of life.
In fact, one of her favorite adverbs is “happily” --“Miss Lucinda went happily along.”
Probably all these authors have had the curious experience, common to all realistic artists, of first creating their types out of the imagination, and then hearing of real people who have done just the things which the writers had assumed that they would do. The late Rev. Dr. Andrew P. Peabody
once stopped me in the street to ask if Miss Wilkins
had not lived in girlhood in a certain Massachusetts
village, which he mentioned, but of which I had never heard.
I doubted the fact, but he was very confident that it was so. He had, it seems, attended school in that village, and had found in her stories several legends which he had heard there as a boy. Telling this afterwards to the lady herself, I was assured that she had never been near the place, and had scarcely even heard of it. Miss Alice Brown
, writing her delightful sketch called “Heart's-ease,” describes Miss Lucinda, who, after a lifetime of bondage to her stern father, the Judge
, is released by his death, and plunges