kindness and devotion to me, and so is Jack
, but I have Rome en grippe
; nothing in it pleases me.”
. Something, perhaps it is the bright weather, moves me to activity so strongly that I hasten to take up my pen, hoping not to lapse into the mood of passive depression which has possessed me ever since my arrival in Rome
. We visited the [William J.] Stillmans -S. and I had not met in thirty years, not since '67 in Athens
Went to afternoon tea at Miss Leigh Smith
's. She is a cousin of Florence Nightingale
, whom she resembles in appearance.
was there, overflowing as ever with geniality and kindness.”
was then the Roman
correspondent of the London Times, a position only second in importance to that of the British Ambassador
His tall, lean figure, stooping shoulders,--where a pet squirrel often perched,--his long grey beard and keen eyes were familiar to the Romans of that day. His house was a meeting-place for artists and litterati
. Mrs. Stillman
our mother had formerly known as the beautiful Marie Spartali
, the friend of Rossetti
and Du Maurier
, the idol of literary and artistic London
A warm friendship grew up between them.
Together they frequented the antiquaries, gleaning small treasures of ancient lace and peasant jewels.
“I bought this by the Muse Stillman
's advice” : this explanation guaranteed the wisdom of purchasing the small rose diamond ring
set in black enamel.