A Book of Sibyls: Mrs. Barbauld, Miss Edgeworth, Mrs Opie, by Anne Thackeray Ritchie

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By Anne Thackeray Ritchie

Anne Thackeray Ritchie (1837-1919) was once a author and the eldest daughter of the novelist W. M. Thackeray. She had a tumultuous adolescence: her mom suffered from melancholy and used to be finally dedicated to a health facility, and the relations skilled poverty sooner than her father's literary good fortune. Anne used to be super with regards to her father, who well known her mind and inspired her writing. whilst he died, Anne arrange condo together with her sister Harriet and her brother-in-law, the literary journalist Leslie Stephen. Anne's novels have been serialised within the Cornhill journal, which her father had edited, and their luck confirmed her literary popularity. A e-book of Sibyls is Anne's learn of 4 girl writers: the poet Anna Laetitia Barbauld and the novelists Amelia Opie, Maria Edgeworth and Jane Austen. for additional info in this writer, see http://orlando.cambridge.org/public/svPeople?person_id=ritcan [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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Her old friend Lord Henry Petty, now Lord Lansdowne, was still her friend and full of kindness. Outside the house spread a green deer-park to rest her tired eyes, within were pleasant and delightful companions to cheer her soul. Sir Samuel Romilly was there, of whom she speaks with affectionate admiration, as she does of her kind host and hostess. 'I much enjoy the sight of Lady Lansdowne's happiness with her husband and her children. Beauty, fortune, cultivated society all united--in short, everything that the most reasonable or unreasonable could wish.

The names alone of the Edgeworths' entertainers represent a delightful and interesting section of the history of the time. One can imagine that besides all these pleasant and talkative persons the Faubourg Saint-Germain itself threw open its great swinging doors to the relations of the Abbé Edgeworth who risked his life to stand by his master upon the scaffold and to speak those noble warm-hearted words, the last that Louis ever heard. One can picture the family party as it must have appeared with its pleasant British looks--the agreeable 'ruddy-faced' father, the gentle Mrs.

Morals were more in fashion then than they are now, but this one is obvious without any commentary upon it. It is tolerably certain that clever, industrious, well-conducted people will succeed, where idle, scheming, and untrustworthy persons will eventually fail to get on, even with powerful friends to back them. But the novel has yet to be written that will prove that, where merits are more equal, a little patronage is not of a great deal of use, or that people's positions in life are exactly proportioned to their merit.

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