sailed for Europe
,—never saw her without surprise at her new powers.
Of the conversations above alluded to, the substance was whatever was suggested by her passionate wish for equal companions, to the end of making life altogether noble.
With the firmest tact she led the discourse into the midst of their daily living and working, recognizing the good — will and sincerity which each man has in his aims, and treating so playfully and intellectually all the points, that one seemed to see his life en beau
, and was flattered by beholding what he had found so tedious in its workday weeds, shining in glorious costume.
Each of his friends passed before him in the new light; hope seemed to spring under his feet, and life was worth living.
The auditor jumped for joy, and thirsted for unlimited draughts.
What! is this the dame, who, I heard, was sneering and critical?
this the blue-stocking, of whom I stood in terror and dislike; this wondrous woman, full of counsel, full of tenderness, before whom every mean thing is ashamed, and hides itself; this new Corinne
, more variously gifted, wise, sportive, eloquent, who seems to have learned all languages, Heaven knows when or how,—I should think she was born to them,—magnificent, prophetic, reading my life at her will, and puzzling me with riddles like this,
Yours is an example of a destiny springing from character:
I see your destiny hovering before you, but it always escapes from you.
The test of this eloquence was its range.
It told on children, and on old people; on men of the world, and on sainted maids.
She could hold them all by her honeyed tongue.
A lady of the best eminence, whom Margaret