Marie Souvestre was a free-thinking feminist, daughter of the French author and philosopher Emile Souvestre
. Her school, Les Ruches, was widely admired for its academic rigour. It educated many outstanding women, including Beatrice Chamberlain
E. A. Dillwyn
This heroine, who is appealing despite her undeniable priggishness, opens her diary under the aegis of Thomas Carlyle
(to whom she would have liked to dedicate her journal had he been alive, because of his...