Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine,  8 (1859–60), 214–19.

Mignon; or, The Step-Daughter: The Miracle of the Roses  [7/11]



Short Fiction, Serial


Collecting, Botany, Gender, Natural Theology

    Noting 'how beautiful are the large woods when animated by young girls', describes how 'an industrious nun' is seen teaching the girls how to distinguish plants in their herbariums. Believes 'he who could understand all the properties of plants [...] would be richer than a king, and almost as wise as Nature's Author' (216–17). Claims that there is 'no recreation more attractive, more healthful, more fruitful in the unforeseen discoveries, than the study of botany'. Contrasts those who 'give themselves up' to classifying plants and those who play games. (217)

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