Love-letters, however, will afford fascinating reading so long as the world lasts, and so long as men and women are interested in each other. Women whose letters have become famous fall into two divisions - the passionate and the tender. To the first belong Heloise, Mille, de Lespinasse, and George Sand; to the second, Dorothy Osborne, Elizabeth Browning, and Mrs. Carlyle. Which feel with most intensity 0r suffer most it is impossible to say. The former perhaps are the most dominating; the latter, with their wise gentleness, their humour, their essential gladness, are the most human. It is the difference between a dark mountain loch which the hill winds seldom leave at peace, and the clear, deep lake which is rarely ruffled and reflects green overhanging leaves and blue skies, the flowering rushes on its brink, the flight of a passing bird, and the mellow walls of some old house upon its bank.