of faith and conscience which illuminated these dungeons, and which enabled frail humanity to bear these inflictions without flinching.”
She always wanted to see the torture chambers.
She listened to all the detailed explanations and looked at all the dreadful instruments, buoyed up by the thought of the splendors she speaks of, when mere shrinking flesh-and-blood creatures like her companion, who only thought of the poor tortured bodies, could not bear the strain of it.
From The Hague
they went to Amsterdam
, where they “worked hard at seeing the rich museum, which contains some of the largest and best of Rembrandt's pictures, and much else of interest” ; thence to Antwerp
Here she writes:--
“To the Museum, where saw the glorious Rubens
and Van Dycks
, together with the Quentin Matsys
Went to the Cathedral
, and saw the dear Rubens
pictures — my Christ
in the Elevation of the Cross seemed to me as wonderful as ever.
The face asks, ‘Why hast thou forsaken me?’
but seems also to reflect the answer, from the very countenance of the Father
Education of the Virgin by Rubensangels hold a garland above the studious head of the young Madonna
This would be a good picture for Vassar
“Sunday, July 29
. Up betimes — to high mass at the Cathedral
Had a seat near the Descent, and saw it better than ever before.
Could not see the Elevation so well, but feasted my eyes on both.
Went later to the church of St. Paul
's Flagellation ”