At this point the lady was rescued by a Grady niece and no further contact was

At this point the lady was rescued by a grady niece

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At this point the lady was rescued by a Grady niece, and no further contact was ever accomplished until some years later One further circumstance argues for a close bond between Cortland and Stella, and that is that after Julien’s death, Cortland took Stella and her brother Lionel to England and to Asia, for well over a year Cortland already had five children at this time, all of which he left behind with his wife Yet he seems to have been the instigator of this trip, and was completely in charge of the arrangements and greatly prolonged the venture so that the party did not actually return to New Orleans for some eighteen months. After the Great War, Cortland left his wife and children again to travel for a year with Stella And he seems always to have been on Stella’s side in family disputes. In sum, this evidence is certainly not conclusive, but it does indicate Cortland might have been Stella’s father But then again, Julien, in spite of his great age, may have been her father We don’t know Whatever the case, Stella was pretty much ‘the favorite child’ from the time of her birth Daniel McIntyre certainly seems to have loved her as if she were his own daughter, and it is entirely possible that he never knew she was not 425
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Of the early childhood of all three children, we know little that is specific, and Richard Llewellyn’s portrait is the most intimate we possess As the children grew older, there was more and more talk about dissension, however, and when Carlotta went to board at the Sacred Heart at the age of fourteen, everyone knew it was against Mary Beth’s wishes, and that Daniel, too, was heartbroken, and wanted his daughter to come home more often than she did Carlotta is never described as a happy child by anyone But it is difficult to this day to gather information about her, because she is still living, and even people who knew her fifty years ago are extremely afraid of her, and of her influence, and very reluctant to say anything about her at all. The people who are willing to talk are those who most dislike her Possibly if the others were not so afraid, we might hear something to balance the picture. Whatever the case, Carlotta was admired for her brilliance from the time she was a little girl She was even called a genius by the nuns who taught her She boarded at Sacred Heart through high school, and went on to Loyola law school when she was very young. Meantime, Lionel began attending day school when he was eight years old He seems to have been a quiet, well-behaved boy who never gave anyone very much trouble, and to have been liked He had a full-time tutor to assist him with his homework, and as time passed, he became something of an exceptional student But he never made friends outside the family His cousins were his only companions when he wasn’t at school.
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