Essays, Descriptive and Biographical

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byLady Grace Anne Prestwich

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...take lessons which were turned to account in after-life. She was an excellent cook, and the gift in later years of a large quantity of orange marmalade of her own making to Sir Edward Parry's third Arctic expedition is quite characteristic. Her practical education was so many-sided that it is difficult to say what she did not learn. Yet in the midst of cooking and dancing lessons and painting lessons, besides practising four or five hours daily on the piano, for she was passionately fond of music, we find that the girl's thirst for knowledge was unsatisfied. In order to fill up odd moments of time, she taught herself a certain amount of Latin, and subsequently learned enough Greek to read Xenophon and part of Herodotus. It was in groping after knowledge that the young Mary's curiosity was awakened by seeing on a page of a magazine of fashions strange-lookiog lines mixed with letters--"chiefly z's and y's," and was told in answer to her inquiry that this was algebra. Hence the beginning of the work of her life. The history of the manner in which with very little help she acquired this algebra and learned mathematics, and of the difficulties she had to encounter in educating herself, constitute a striking chapter of her noble life. Much of her education was unaided and worked out alone. For instance, we read, " Mary was so busy before she began Euclid that it is not astonishing that she found a little difficulty in making the new study ' fit in' with all her other work." Already she rose early that she might find time for practising music: now she found it necessary to sit up late for algebra. This habit was eventually put a stop to, not because it was too much for the girl, but because of the consumption of too many candles. " The servants...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...take lessons which were turned to account in after-life. She was an excellent cook, and the gift in later years...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217712282

ISBN - 13:9780217712286

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