phrase, but trusted to her power of interpretation.
It was evident that they prized her verdict, respected her criticism, feared her rebuke, and looked to her as an umpire.
Very observable was it, also, how, in sidetalks with her, they became confidential, seemed to glow and brighten into their best mood, and poured out in full measure what they but scantily hinted in the circle at large.
it was quite a study to watch the phases through which Margaret passed, in one of these assemblies.
There was something in the air and step with which she chose her place in the company, betokening an instinctive sense, that, in intellect, she was of blood royal and needed to ask no favors.
And then she slowly gathered her attention to take in the significance of the scene.
Near-sighted and habitually using an eye-glass, she rapidly scanned the forms and faces, pausing intently where the expression of particular heads or groups suggested thought, and ending her survey with some apt home-thrust to her next neighbors, as if to establish full rapport
, and so to become a medium for the circulating life.
Only when thus in magnetic relations with all present, by a clear impress of their state and place, did she seem prepared to rise to a higher stage of communion.
Then she listened, with ear finely vibrating to every tone, with all capacities responsive in sympathy, with a swift and ductile power of appreciation, that made her feel to the quick the varying moods of different speakers, and yet the while