New York: Cassell Publishing, (1890). 16mo.6-1/4" x 4-3/4. Blue cloth stamped in gold. 148 pp. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown endpaper. Clean, tight very good copy. Item #245
Introduction by Josephine Lazarus. . . ."In her letters we find absolutely no trace of the religious vocation, unless it be in the exalted temperament so fired by her ideal. There is no commingling of devotional ecstacy with the purely earthly attachment to which she abandoned herself; there are no scruples, no remorse or self-accusation; indeed, scarcely the consciousness of sin or wrong-doing. There seems to have been room but for one sentiment in her heart, which was unoccupied, unawake, until her love came. She was living her life with languid unconcern and indifference. The French troops were quartered in the neighborhood; a review took place and she stood with her gay companions watching it from the balcony. A dashing young officer caracoles by, and glances up, observing and observed. He singles out Marianna, or at least so she fancies, and at all events her heart goes out to him never to return.