The seventeenth of May, the day of sailing, came, and the Elizabeth
lay waiting for her company.
Yet, even then, dark presentiments so overshadowed Margaret, that she passed one anxious hour more in hesitation, before she could resolve to go on board.
But Captain Hasty
was so fine a model of the New England
seaman, strong-minded, prompt, calm, decided, courteous; Mrs. Hasty
was so refined, gentle, and hospitable; both had already formed so warm an attachment for the little family, in their few interviews at Florence
; Celeste Paolini, a young Italian
girl, who had engaged to render kindly services to Angelino, was so lady-like and pleasing; their only other fellow-passenger, Mr. Horace Sumner