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MISS  MULOCK                                 205
and her heroine was a young girl who suffers martyrdom rather than give up her faith. The subject and its treatment were alike charmingly poetical. The arena scene at the end unfortunately made it impracticable for stage purposes. I regretted this deeply for many reasons. I had always felt a great admiration and gratitude to Miss Mulock since my early youth, when her " John Halifax, Gentleman," had shown me a new and serious side of life, which visibly affected my growing character. The loftiness of her nature and aims was as clearly shown in her countenance as in her writing. To me her face and its expression were beautiful. Her complexion was clear and unfurrowed, her eyes large and blue, and her hair silvery and abundant. Over her head, in lieu of the conventional and ugly white cap, she wore a piece of rich old lace, which fell gracefully about her neck and shoulders. Her tall figure was striking in its simple bodice and ample skirt of black silk or velvet Madame Antoinette Sterling, whose fine, organ-like voice has given so much pleasure to all classes, had introduced me to this rare woman when first I went to London, and together we visited her in her Kentish home. It was in the spring, and in