By Louise Reynolds
Agnes Macdonald's deepest papers are used for the designated examine of Canada's "first lady," who turned Sir John A. Macdonald's moment spouse at the eve of Confederation. The author's well-researched telling of Agnes's tale paints an image of a politically astute, obviously adventurous girl who needed to switch her type as a result of her place within the public eye, yet who however retained her personal critiques and lived her existence with braveness and integrity.
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14 Hewitt was taking no chances. '15 In many ways it was. Although it meant making a new home for themselves, they were becoming used to this, and Toronto was not unfamiliar. On shopping trips and visits, the Bernards had come to know its commercial centre and to have some familiarity with its hotels and restaurants, as well as with the areas in which their friends lived. Now they had an opportunity to learn more of this developing city of over 40,000 inhabitants. A number of the red-brick buildings of its early days remained, but there were also some fine new limestone buildings and many of the streets even had gas lighting.
Agnes and Theodora had chosen to return and, if they saw blemishes, they would not admit it, not even to themselves. One of their greatest anticipations in going back had been the thought of renewing family ties. Unfortunately, the Maynes now spent most of their time in Ireland, as did Louisa Scott, Theodora's niece, who had 33 'got a young Irishman'.
As for Agnes' friends, she despaired of seeing them again with the despair only a fifteen-year-old can know. She was to be happily surprised when, from time to time, one or another of them would later turn up in Canada or in England. It all seemed so definite, so final during those days in the summer of 1851. The packet was late and it was not until August 14 that they got away. At last and with very mixed feelings came the day when Theodora could note in her little pocket diary that on Aug. 14 Aug.