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15 Josephine was also aware that her father's faith had developed from his boyhood response to death. During aperiod in wh ich both he and his mother had been critically ill, he found comfort in prayer and in reading the Bible. Josephine records this event as the turning point in his life - his conversion from the tepid and ambivalent belief of the nominal Christian to the fervour of the true evangelical. The reality of suffering, furthermore, was part of the education deliberately given her by her family.

One cannot help but notice that there is a marked contrast between the account of her youth given in the Memoir of her father and the account given some forty years later to her grandchildren. ays': the acknowledgement of evil provides only a faint penumbra that delineates the highlights of an exuberant and happy life. In the Portrait the balance is reversed; the dark shadows have come forward casting the negative print. Josephine was then in failing health, living in solitude and inactivity. It seems likely that some of the pessimism, even the despair, of old age coloured her memories of the past.

George became Vice-Principal of Cheltenham College and with Josephine attacked the question of education for women in general, and specifically at Cheltenham Ladies' College. The Butlers had time to enjoy the pleasures of their growing family: they had three sons, George, Stanley, and Charles, and just after the move to Cheltenham Josephine gave birth to a daughter, Eva. George and Josephine spent the winters reading modern Italian literature, discussing the American Civil War with students and planning for the summer holiday in Britain where they walked and fished, recording the countryside in finely articulated sketches and watercolours.

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