She was at first educated at home by thirteen successive governesses. Her mother sometimes read aloud to her daughters: R. D. Blackmore
' Lorna Doone and Anna Sewell
's Black Beauty. After meeting Hardy
It was probably Mary A. Marzials
' anthology Gems of English Poetry which made poetry the only lesson the Knoxes disliked. Winifred felt that Hemans
's boy on the burning deck cut a poor figure...
By 17 April 1869: R. D. Blackmore published Lorna Doone....