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characteristic trait In her personal appearance . In conversation she had already at that early age begun to distinguish herself , and
made much the same impression in society that she did in after years . This conversational talent was , according to the unanimous
testimony of all her compeers , certainly her most decided gift . She did many things well , but nothing so well as she talked . Her
conversation is said to have been rarely equalled : it was not so much attractive as commanding ; though remarkably fluent and select , it
was neither fluency , nor choice diction , nor wit , nor sentiment that gave it its peculiar power , but accuracy of statement , keen
discrimination , and a certain weight of judgment which contrasted strongly and charmingly with the youth and sex of the speaker . With a
little more imagination she would have made an excellent improvisatrice .
Margaret Fuller ' s mind was what in a woman is generally called masculine , i . e ., its action was determined by ideas rather than by
sentiments , and her intellect was rather solid than graceful , though no one was more alive to grace than herself . It was while living
at Cambridge Port that Margaret commenced several of those friendships which lasted through her life , and which were the
channels for so large a portion of her activity . In this connection we will give some passages from James Freeman
Clarke ' s introduction to her " Life in Cambridge . " It will be seen that they bear reference to her whole career , rather than to the
youthful years whose history we have been obliged to touch , with so , swift a hand .
friendship and " the The friendshi difficulty with Margare so which personal t Fuller we all that , feel is , it that in is describing like the intercourse making our pas a was t confession inter so course intimate to and the ,
¦ insi public which ght , she and of our s her tood mos generous p in t any interior in real terest selves , relation , en . tered . For To into this print the noble depth one person of of her every , letters by soul her is with keen like relate what she to
gi us ving is to an tell extract how she from discerne our own d elements private journal of worth . To and beauty where was others hi could , h hopes only have what seen what assuranc , was common ewhat -place a and ambition poor ; it is to ent say ertained what
. on g our behalf , , —a generous hope and _confidence , which may pure well be felt , as a rebuke to our " low Never att theless ainments it seems and poor due accomplishments to this great soul . that those of us who have
been she has blessed done _a- for nd , benefi us , — ted unde by terred her friendshi by the thoug p should ht that be willing to reveal to her say what is to ourselves * * * *
expose . _ the mind '' Margare power that of they t so possessed magnetising would lay _, in a others grea to ter , when her degree all she the than wished secrets any , of by person their the power nature I ever of knew She her ,
, open . which had an seek infinite s to find curio out sity the to know circumstances individuals of their , —not outward the vul lives gar curiosi but _^ that ty
which souls longs This to desire understand d the inward both rested springs of thoug profound ht and conviction action , in of their her
mi ing nd to . her the fai indi th , v was iduali an not . ty power the of e result very human of the being on presence a . A and human stamp being of , outward
accordcircumstances , but an original monad ) with a certain special _^ faculty , capable
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English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), Sept. 1, 1859, page 18, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01091859/page/18/