" It has cost me a good deal to come to this,' and " I cannot conceal from myself that he is not intellectual ; there are many places in which he could not follow me intellectually."
This is scarcely fair to Mr. Nicholls, who had been educated by his uncle, Mr. Alan Bell, at the Royal High School, King's County, and had afterwards graduated at Trinity College, Dublin.
Another remark which she made to her friends was,
" He is a Puseyite, and very stiff."
Miss Winkworth gives an account of her conversation with Charlotte Bronte, and also Mrs. GaskelPs opinion of Mr. Nicholls, which is all to the good, but the concluding remark shows that those who knew her were not satisfied, and thought of Lucy Snowe.
" But I guess the true love was Paul Emanuel, after all, and it is dead ; but I don't know, and don't think that Lily (Mrs. Gaskell) knows."
In the footsteps of the Brontes