As the child grew, her sphere of employment began to broaden.
From juvenile parts she passed to the line of chambermaids, in which, at the age of twelve, she was notably proficient.
Her labor at this time mainly supported her parents, and her six brothers and sisters — younger than herself.
Change of place was, of course, frequent, in this nomadic period of her career.
The first fixed dramatic company with which she became connected was that of the King of Sardinia, established at Turin.
In this city she found her second teacher, Carlotta Marchioni, a famous actress in her day, and not less generous than eminent.
To this artist the young Ristori was indebted for sound teaching and judicious encouragement.
At times the eccentric old actress would call her an imbecile, and bid her go and wash dishes.
At other times, when the girl's acting justified approval, she would feign severity and fondly murmur, I'll have no more to do with you!
you act too much as I would have you