a moral person, and not merely an overflowing genius, in whom impulse gives birth to impulse, deed to deed.
This aim was distinctly apprehended and steadily pursued by her from first to last.
It was a high, noble one, wholly religious, almost Christian.
It gave dignity to her whole career, and made it heroic.
This aim, from first to last, was self-culture.
If she ever was ambitious of knowledge and talent, as a means of excelling others, and gaining fame, position, admiration,—this vanit originally self-chosen, was made much more clear to her mind by the study of Goethe, the great master of this school, in whose unequalled eloquence this doctrine acquires an almost irresistible beauty and charm.
Wholly religious, and almost Christian, I said, was this aim. It was religious, because it recognized something divine, infinite, imperishable in the human soul,— something divine in outward nature and providence, by which the soul is led along its appointed way. It was almost Chris