First story in her first book

The first story that Priscilla choose for her first book Leisure Hours tells us a lot about personal values of the woman. It is titled ‘Cornelia and Campanian Lady’. Set in ancient Rome, Cornelia is a widow and mother of two young sons. The Campanian Lady visits Cornelia to show off some new jewels given to her by her husband. Cornelia admires the diamonds as wondrous products of nature. Annoyed that Cornelia has not been sufficiently impressed she asks to see her jewels. Cornelia leaves and returns with her sons stating ‘Behold … my jewels, my chief ornaments! … Maternal feelings animate my mind beyond the love of personal attractions. My time, my attention, my best faculties are all occupied in the delightful talk, of forming their young minds to the practice of virtue, and the love of knowledge’.

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