Harriet Beecher Stowe: The Story of Her Life

By Charles Edward Stowe; Lyman Beecher Stowe | Go to book overview

CHAPTER X
THE EBBING TIDE

ONE of Mrs. Stowe's most strongly marked characteristics was her love for and devotion to her friends. As she wrote to her friend Georgiana May, when still a very young girl: "The greater part that I see cannot move me deeply. They are present, and I enjoy them; they pass, and I forget them. But those that I love differently; those that I love; and oh, how much that word means!" There was nothing that she would not do for those she loved. Her time, her strength, her purse, and everything that she had, was theirs. No gift was too costly, no sacrifice too great, to lay at their feet. This side of Mrs. Stowe's nature was to find its crowning manifestation in the publication by her, in the September Atlantic in 1869, of the article on Lord Byron which made her the storm centre of a perfect cyclone of adverse criticism.

She was at this time at the summit of her fame. Her name was a revered and honored one in thousands of homes and hearts on either side of the

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