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[59] and Mr. Ward trusts that “the return will be considered by the Rev. Mr.--as finally terminating the matter therein referred to.”

Julia had for her suitors a tender and compassionate sympathy. She could not love them, she would not marry them, but she was very sorry for them, and — it must be admitted — she liked to be adored. So she sang duets with one, read German with another, Anglo-Saxon with a third; for all, perhaps, she may have had something the feeling of her “Coquette et Tendre” in “Passion flowers.”

Ere I knew life's sober meaning,
Nature taught me simple wiles,
Gave this color, rising, waning,
Gave these shadows, deepening smiles.

More she taught me, sighing, singing,
Taught me free to think and move,
Taught this fond instinctive clinging
To the helpful arm of love.

The suitors called her “Diva,” but in the family circle she was “Jules,” or “Jolie Julie.” The family letters of this period are full of affectionate cheerfulness.

When “Jolie Julie” is away on a visit, the others send her a composite letter. Louisa threatens to shut her up on her return with nothing to read but her Anglo-Saxon grammar and “Beowulf.” ( “If that does not give you a distaste for all wolves,” she says, “not excepting those Long fellows,1 I do not know what will!” )

1 Longfellow had lent her Beowulf.

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