some of these adornments to-day.
Two heroes, in painted wood, stood in my dark little entry.
A gouty Cupid
in bas-relief encumbered my mantelpiece.
Two forlorn figures in black
glass recalled the auction whose unlucky prize they had been.
And Horace Wallace
, coming to talk of art and poetry, on my red sofa, sometimes saluted me with a paroxysm of merriment, provoked by the sight of my last purchase.
Those days are not now. Of their accumulations I retain but a fragment or two.
Of their delights remain a tender memory, a childish wonder at my own childishness.
To-day, in heathen Rome
, I can find better amusement than those shards and rags were ever able to represent.”
On May 26 she writes in her Journal:--
“I remembered the confusion of my mind when I was here sixteen years ago and recognized how far more than equivalent for the vivacity of youth, now gone, is the gain of a steadfast standard of good and happiness.
To desire supremely ends which are incompatible with no one's happiness and which promote the good of all — this even as an ideal is a great gain from the small and eager covetousness of personal desires.
Religion gives this steadfast standard whose pursuit is happiness.
Therefore let him who seeks religion be glad that he seeks the only true good of which, indeed, we constantly fail, and yet in seeking it are constantly renewed.... Studios of Mozier
and of Rogers-the former quite full.
Both have considerable skill, neither has genius.
The statues of Miss Hosmer
are marble silences — they have nothing to say.”