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Page 324 - The authoress of this most fascinating volume has selected for her field one of the most remarkable eras in modern history — the reigns of Ferdinand and Isabella. The tale turns on the extraordinary extent to which concealed Judaism had gained footing at that period in Spain.
Page 321 - A clever and interesting tale, corresponding well to its name, illustrating the silent, constant influence of a wise and affectionate parent over characters the most diverse." — Christian Lady's Magazine. " This interesting volume unquestionably contains many valuable hints on domestic education, much powerful writing, and a moral of vast importance.
Page 321 - Grace Aguilar wrote and spoke as one inspired; she condensed and spiritualized, and all her thoughts and feelings were steeped in the essence of celestial love and truth. To those who really knew Grace Aguilar, all e'ulogium fall short of her deserts, and* she has left a blank in her particular walk of literature, which we never expect to see filled up.
Page 322 - This beautiful story was completed when the authoress was little above the age of nineteen, yet it has the sober sense of middle age. There is no age nor sex that will not profit by its perusal, and it will afford as much pleasure as profit to the reader."— Critic.
Page 323 - We began to read the volume late in the evening ; and although it consists of about 400 pages, our eyes could not close in sleep until we had read the whole. This excellent book should find a place on every drawing-room table — nay, in every library in the kingdom.
Page 322 - The good which she (Grace Aguilar) has effected is acknowledged on all hands, and it cannot be doubted but that the appearance of this volume will increase the usefulness of one who may yet be said to be still speaking to the heart and to the affections of human nature.
Page 325 - The tale is well told, the interest warmly sustained throughout, and the delineation of female character is marked by a delicate sense of moral beauty. It is a work that may be confided to the hands of a daughter by her parent."— Court Journal.
Page 321 - It is very pleasant, after reading a book, to speak of it in terms of high commendation. The tale before us is an admirable one, and is executed with taste and ability. The language is beautiful and appropriate; the analysis of character is skilful and varied. The work ought to be in the hands of all who are interested in the proper training of the youthful mind,
Page 323 - This story illustrates, with feeling and power, that beneficial influence which women exercise, in their own quiet way, over characters and events in our everyday life."— Britannia. " The book is one of more than ordinary interest in various ways, and presents an admirable conception of the depths and sincerity of female friendship, as exhibited in England by Englishwomen.