Elizabeth’s thorn-in-the-flesh, Aunt Hetty, doted on Charles from the moment he was born, thereby incidentally defying those who fell upon his brother John with admiration and indulgence.1 Old Sarah Lamb was an eccentric figure, perhaps herself slightly touched by the Lamb mental weakness, but no more than to make her difficult and somewhat strange, left to herself as she often was in self-imposed exile from the rest of the household. When she was thus out of the way she occupied herself with reading. This was largely of Roman Catholic texts, but in practice she enjoyed at various times Catholicism, the Church of England, and Non-Conformity without much distinction — except on the part of Elizabeth, who was leery of Papists.
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