Journeying by way of Naples
, they came at length to Paris
first saw Rachel
, and Taglioni
, the greatest of all dancers; here, too, she tried to persuade the Chevalier to wear his Greek
decorations to Guizot
's reception, but tried in vain, he considering such ornaments unfitting a republican.
The autumn found them again in England
, this time to learn the delights of country visiting.
Their first visit was to Atherstone
, the seat of Charles Nolte Bracebridge
, a descendant of Lady Godiva
, a most cultivated and delightful man. He and his charming wife made the party welcome, and showed them everything of interest except the family ghost, which remained invisible.
Another interesting visit was to the Nightingales of Embley.
was at this time a young woman of twenty-four.
A warm friendship sprang up between her and our parents, and she felt moved to consult the Doctor
on the matter which then chiefly occupied her thoughts.
Would it, she asked, be unsuitable or unbecoming for a young Englishwoman to devote herself to works of charity, in hospitals and elsewhere, as the Catholic Sisters
replied: “My dear Miss Florence, it would be unusual, and in England
whatever is unusual is apt to be thought unsuitable; but I say to you, go forward, if you have a vocation for that way of life; act up to your inspiration, and you will find that there is never anything unbecoming or unladylike in doing your duty for the good of others.
Choose your path, ”