On this page
LIFE OF MARGARET FUIXER OSSOLI. 85
I1st Europe. We Passed Over In Rapid Rev...
Coining southward , she writes from Florence" I cannot even begin to speak of the magnificent scenes of nature , nor
the works of art , that have raised and filled my niind since I wrote from before _^ Naples . I speak Now my I beg enamoured in to be in words Italy . ! but Enoug I wish h to to say drink , Italy deep receives of this me as cup a
about long-lost it , you child will , and hear I feel something myself real at home and domestic here , and . if I ever tell anything chioness " Among AYisconti strangers a I Milanese wish most to She sp is eak a specimen to you of of my the friend reallhi the h- Mar bred
-. , . y g lad and y harmony , such as of I her have manners not known produce . "Without all the impression any physical of beauty beauty , . the She grace has also a mind strong , clear , precise , and much cultivated . She has a modest
first nobleness men . that She you seems would to love dearl me y much love . , and She to is wish intimate I should with have many whatever of the is hers . I take great pleasure in her friendship . "
And at last we find her returned to Rome , and settled in the Eternal City , whence she writes thus of her plans for the winter .
"I am happily settled for the winter , quite by myself , in a neat , tranquil loving apartment Italians in the , who Corso treat , where me well I see , and all the do not motions interrup of Some t me , , except —in a house for ser of
vice after . all I live the rush alone and , eat excitement alone , walk of alone the , past and year enjoy . unspeakably the stillness , inry ' time I shall will make be like no acquaintance pure gold to me from thi whom s winter I do ; and not , hop just e a for good happ deal iness , as
, Home itself sufficient . " To-day is the last of the October feasts of the Trasteverini . out I have with been half ,
this Home afternoon to see the , to Civic see them Gruard dancing manoeuvring . This in morning that great I was field near , the tomb of Cecilia , Metellawhich is full of ruins . The effect was nobleas the band
p amid layed these the Bolognese fragments , march of the , great and six time thousand . Romans passed in , battle array for
six _"lam months try within ing to the economise limits , — of anxious four hundred to keep dollars the Roman . Rome expenses is not as cheap " We a p hav la . ee e as just Florence had glorious , but then times I would with the not g October ive here a pin feasts to liv , and e when in familiar Florence all the .
Roman coach no longer to peop see a staring le muses were , and out sig . ht sib -seeing I ls am . I now stranger see trul these y , forms happy riding now about in , quiet the fmel natural y dressed manner in a , ;
and am contented . y " Keep free from false ties ; they are the curse of life . I find myself so alone and free
happy here , . " We now come to the most eventful period of Margaret Fuller ' s
life . Hitherto she had but lived the life of a clever literary woman , and whatever of peculiar interest dwells in her story , belongs rather
to her own singular and highly-developed nature than to the outward circumstances of her lot . But from the winter of 1848 all
was romance until _tlie closing hour . Her secret marriage to a member of a noble but decayed Roman family , Giovanni Angelo
Ossoliand her subsequent connection with the movement of 1848 lier and time the , siege as she of had Rome ever in been 1849 intimatel , link her involved to the outwa in its rd intellectual history of y
, and moral struggles .
Life Of Margaret Fuixer Ossoli. 85
LIFE OF MARGARET FUIXER OSSOLI . 85
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), Oct. 1, 1859, page 85, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01101859/page/13/