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[1365] was a storehouse of confidential disclosures. The servants about her, and all with whom she came in contact, found her a ready friend. There was but one thing needed to admit to the friendship of Margaret, and that was a pure purpose and a noble aim. Those who did not possess this instinctively shunned her. She had a penetrating eye to see through, and a power of satire to strip off, masks and pretences. She hated shams, hypocrisies, falsehoods, and outside show. Characters artificial and not genuine strove to keep at a safe distance from her; they dreaded the sting of her satire, the eagle look of her eye, and the eloquence of her tongue.

Margaret Fuller Ossoli lived above the world, while she lived in it. She was one of those exaltadas who are described in her Woman in the Nineteenth Century; which description has been thus thrown into a poetical dress:—

Who are these that move below,
Often glancing as they go,
With their homage-speaking eyes,
Rapt looks upward to the skies?
Such exalted ones they name—
Characters of heavenly frame,
Walking on the pilgrim road,
Living, moving still in God.
‘Tell me why their eye intent
Fastens on the firmament;
Or where, in the gilded sky,
Embers of the daylight die.’
In this world another lies,
Glorious as paradise;
And their souls have eyes to see,
Vision, undisclosed to thee.’

‘Tell me why they oft appear
Listening with attentive ear,
While emotions seem to glance
On the speaking countenance,
Though no being breathes a word,
Nor has aught the stillness stirred.’
‘Tis because their ears have caught
Hidden harmony of thought,

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