connected with him in literary labors, and, as long as she remained in this vicinity, kept up her habits of intimacy with the colonists of Brook Farm.
, too, she knew and prized the heroic heart, the learning and wit of Theodore Parker
, whose literary aid was, subsequently, of the first importance to her. She had an acquaintance, for many years,—subject, no doubt, to alternations of sun and shade,—with Mr. Alcott
There was much antagonism in their habitual views, but each learned to respect the genius of the other.
She had more sympathy with Mr. Alcott
's English friend, Charles Lane, an ingenious mystic, and bold experimenter in practical reforms, whose dexterity and temper in debate she frankly admired, whilst his asceticism engaged her reverence.
Neither could some marked difference of temperament remove her from the beneficent influences of Miss Elizabeth Peabody
, who, by her constitutional hospitality to excellence, whether mental or moral, has made her modest abode for so many years the inevitable resort of studious feet, and a private theatre for the exposition of every question of letters, of philosophy, of ethics, and of art.
The events in Margaret's life, up to the year 1840, were few, and not of that dramatic interest which readers love.
Of the few events of her bright and blameless years, how many are private, and must remain so. In reciting the story of an affectionate and passionate woman, the voice lowers itself to a whisper, and becomes inaudible.
A woman in our society finds her safety and happiness in exclusions and privacies.
She congratulates herself when she is not called to the market, to the courts, to the polls, to the stage, or to the orchestra.
Only the most extraordinary genius can make the career of an