Victorian-era British woman writes:
The Italians are very fond of music, and of painting, and of statues. They do not care so much for useful things as the English do. Italians care most for beautiful things; English people care most for useful things.She doesn't mean the description of Italians as a compliment.
Her story is also interesting in that she briefly dated a man named Manning when both were devout evangelicals. He converted to Roman Catholicism, became a priest, and eventually became known as Cardinal Manning.
According to Todd Pruzan's book, Manning's conversion was harder to take than her husband's death.