By Gena K. Gorrell
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The sketch is by Hilary Bonham Carter. 1) But once the family reached Paris, Florence forgot her guilt. She was caught up again in the dizzying whirl of society. The Nightingales met Mary Clarke, or “Clarkey,” a lively, fascinating hostess whose dinner parties attracted the most brilliant men in Paris. Clarkey was famous for saying what she thought, even if it was tactless or rude. Like Florence, she was exasperated by women who wouldn’t make use of their brains. ” she demanded. ” She approved of the Nightingale sisters, though.
Gorrell. eISBN: 978-1-77049-030-7 I. Nightingale, Florence, 1820-1910 – Juvenile literature. 2. Nurses – England – Biography – Juvenile literature. I. 73’092 C00-930406-I We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program and that of the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s Ontario Book Initiative. We further acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council for our publishing program.
If she couldn’t go to Salisbury to become a nurse, she would teach herself to be much, much more. Night after night, she studied, huddled in a shawl and working by candlelight. She read official reports about public health and sanitary arrangements in Britain. She got friends to send her information on European sanitation and mortality (death rates), so that she could compare statistics. Chart upon chart, notebook upon notebook, she built up an impressive knowledge of sanitation and sickness. LADIES OF LETTERS Before cars and telephones, letter-writing was a vital part of a lady’s life.