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1847–1848: Boarding School and a Return Home Emily Dickinson was growing into an interesting woman. She mentioned in letters to her old Amherst Academy school friends that she was disappointed in her stick-straight figure, but she did have beautiful auburn curls, translucent skin, and large brown eyes. In 1848, the daguerreotype craze was in full swing–photography was a new and exciting invention–and Dickinson had her photograph taken. The likeness she saw disappointed her deeply. This photograph is one of the only ones of Dickinson in existence. Because of her posthumous fame, the photograph is one of the most famous of an American author. At school, Dickinson was coming into her own. She enjoyed her studies and excelled at them. Although she still missed her family terribly, she had adjusted well to life away from home. Mount Holyoke's headmistress, Mary Lyon, felt religion was an important part of the girls' education, and she made it clear that she expected a public declaration of Christian faith from each of her pupils. Dickinson did not feel prepared to make such a declaration. One morning, Lyon stood in front of the entire school at devotions and said: "All young ladies who wish to share that inestimable privilege of becoming Christians will please rise." Every
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