Prominent Sisters: Mary Lamb, Dorothy Wordsworth, and Sarah Disraeli

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Chapter Two
Triumph and Pain

As Mary left her place of confinement to reside with her brother, she did so with a determination to start a new life. She was keenly aware that illness would never be far away, but she was resolved it would not dominate her. If she had to experience pain, she would also know accomplishment. Charles was impressed by her courage and became convinced early on that she would succeed in her quest:


Charles Lamb to Samuel Taylor Coleridge August 26, 1800

How do you like this little epigram? It is not my writing, nor had I any finger in it. If you concur with me in thinking it very elegant and very original, I shall be tempted to name the author to you. I will just hint it is almost or quite a first attempt.


Helen Repentant Too Late

1

High-born Helen!
Round your dwelling
These twenty years I've paced in vain:
Haughty beauty,
Your lover's duty
Has been to glory in his pain.


2

High-born Helen!
Proudly telling
Stories of your cold disdain;

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