Raphael, of Michel Angelo
, of Da Vinci, of Guercino, the architecture of the Greeks, the books of Palladio, the Ruins, and Prisons of Piranesi; and long kept up a profuse correspondence on books and studies in which they had a mutual interest.
And yet, as happened so often, these literary sympathies, though sincere, were only veils and occasions to beguile the time, so profound was her interest in the character and fortunes of her friend.
There was another youth, whom she found later, of invalid habit, which had infected in some degree the tone of his mind, but of a delicate and pervasive insight, and the highest appreciation for genius in letters, arts, and life.
his complexion as clear in its pallor, and his eye steady.
His turn of mind, and his habits of life, had almost a monastic turn,—a jealousy of the common tendencies of literary men either to display or to philosophy.
Margaret was struck with the singular fineness of his perceptions, and the pious tendency of his thoughts, and enjoyed with him his proud reception, not as from above, but almost on equal ground, of Homer
, of Dante
, of Montaigne
, of Calderon
, of Goethe
Margaret wished, also, to defend his privacy from the dangerous solicitations to premature authorship:—
His mind should be approached close by one who needs its fragrance.
All with him leads rather to glimpses and insights, than to broad, comprehensive views.
Till he needs the public, the public does not need him. The lonely lamp, the niche, the dark cathedral grove, befit him best.
Let him shroud himself in the symbols of his native ritual, till he can issue forth on the wings of song.