Excerpt from Florence Nightingale
Florence was a good student and a quick one. By the time she was 17, she had read a truly formidable list of books in both modern and ancient languages. Her father had trained her to think clearly and to concentrate her mind on what she had to do. This training was to help her greatly in later years when quick, clear thinking meant the saving of lives. Florence was taught, as well, the usual manners and graces, which prepared her to take her place in the social world. She and her sister spent a season abroad and were then presented at court. Florence was not beautiful, but she possessed charm and distinction, and was a good, even a witty talker.
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