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[250] found that, while during the first weeks she had lost the habit of looking keenly about at the sights, the old joy soon came back to her, and now she was quick to see every picturesque figure in the crowd, every classic fragment in the architecture. “The power of seeing beautiful things, like all other powers, must be exercised to be preserved,” she once said.

March 19. I have not dared to work to-day, as I am to read this afternoon. The reading was well attended and was more than well received. Hall Caine came afterwards, and talked long about the Bible. He does not appear to be familiar with the most recent criticism of either Old or New Testament.”

March 24. ‘There is a third silent party to all our bargains.’ [Emerson.]”

“I find this passage in his essay on ‘Compensation’ to-day for the first time, having written my essay on ‘Moral Triangulation of the Third Party’ some thirty years ago.”

March 26. Dined with Mrs. McCreary--the Duke of San Martino took me in to dinner-Monsignor Dennis O'Connell sat on the other side of me. I had an interesting talk with him. Mrs. McCreary sang my ‘Battle Hymn.’ They begged me to recite ‘The Flag,’ which I did. Mrs. Pearse, daughter of Mario and Grisi, sang delightfully.”

March 30. A fine luncheon party given by Mrs. Iddings, wife of the American Secretary of Embassy at the Grand Hotel. Mme. Ristori was there; I had some glimpses of reminiscence with her. I met her with ‘La terribila Medea,’ which I so well remember ”

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