6 JANUARY 1906, Page 36


His Most Dear Ledge. By Beatrice Marshall. (Seeley and Co. 5s.)—This is a story of "Sidney's Sister, Pembroke's Mother," told by an English girl, who after spending the first years of her life, comes an orphan to live with her father's friend, Master Jasper Meredith, Vicar of Barcombe. near Wilton. Master Mere- dith has a son and a daughter. Then we are introduced to the Countess of Pembroke, her husband, and her son, and to various distinguished persons, such as Sing James, Queen Anne, and Lady Arabella Stuart. We even see William Shakespeare, but he is prudently kept a persona rnuta. The result is a very well- drawn picture, with colours delicately toned, in every way a good piece of work. It must be allowed that Mistress Jeanne, who tells the story, is represented as such a model of sobriety, so free from all the foibles of youth, that we are nob surprised at the denodment of her love story, if love story it may be called. Still, one calcu- lates how old Master Jasper Meredith must have been. He had been at College with Jeanne's father, and Jeanne's father had been the friend of Hubert Languet (1518-81). If the three were coevals, Master Meredith must have been nearing his ninetieth year when he married.