By Dorothy Stein
During this engrossing biography, Dorothy Stein strips away the various layers of delusion to bare a narrative way more dramatic and engaging than prior bills have indicated.
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The sons of the wealthv thus learnt to resoec:t lahour in thf" nf"r"on " of the pupils of the poor school; whilst oIi the other hand the poor learnt to view their richer companions, not as enemies, but as sym pathising friends. 26 The regime was, she felt, the first step toward solving the problem of "how the leading classes of society, those who employ labour, could be trained to recognize the duty incumbent on them to educate the working-class and elevate them morally in the same degree as they avail themselves of their labour to increase their own property.
Greig attributed her early taciturnity to the demure behavior of the well-brought-up maiden, but his own account suggests another cause. At this time Lady N. Byron was residing at Fordhook in Middlesex, and her most intimate friends were the late Miss Doyle, Miss Mont gomery and Miss Carr the sister-in-law of Dr. Lushington and now living with them [that is, Miss Carr, at the time of writing, was living in Dr. Lushinlrton's householdl. These three ladies were constantly with Lady Byr�n who was entirely led by them, and as her daughte'r informed me they took the most unwarrantable liberties with Lady Byron and interfered in the most unjustifiable manner between mother and daughter.
To which she replied "0 I understand Mamma, we will talk of that when I am going to bed. "30 Miss Lamont was dismissed, as Lady Byron explained to the lady who � had recommended her, because she had not the strength and firmness to motivate her charge by only "a sense of duty, combined with the hope of approbation from those she loves. "31 Instead, the unfortunate governess often fell back on "complex methods, " such as coaxing and persuasion. It was right after the departure of Miss Lamont that Ada made the inevitable inquiry about her father, apparendy for the first time.