From the serene majesty of the opening scenes to the agony of the end, all was grand and astounding even to us to whom the play is familiar.
The Italian version seemed to me very fine, preserving all the literary points of the original.
In fact it seemed as if I had always before heard the play through an English translation, so much did the Italian
speech and action light it up.”
She found Salvini
's “Hamlet” “not so good for him as ‘Othello,’ yet he was wonderful in it, and made a very strong impression.”
She met the great actor, and found his manners “cordial, natural, and high-toned.”
She gave a dinnerparty for him, and found him to improve more and more on further acquaintance.
He became a valued friend, always greeted with delight.
In December, 1873, Richard Ward
, her last surviving uncle, died.
He had lived on at No. 8 Bond Street after the death of Uncle John, and had kept up the traditions of that hospitable house, always receiving her most affectionately.
. Uncle Richard's funeral.
A quiet one, but on the whole satisfactory and almost pleasant, he having lived out his life and dying surrounded by his children and other relatives, and the family gathering around his remains wearing an aspect of cordiality and mutual good-will.
I put a sprig of white daphne in the folds of the marble drapery of dear father's bust and kissed the bust, feeling that it had taken all of these years to teach me his value and the value of the moral and spiritual inheritance which I had from him and ”