Maria Celeste was a saint. Given to the convent at a very young age, she lived a life of sacrifice yet the letters she wrote her father told of littleMaria Celeste was a saint. Given to the convent at a very young age, she lived a life of sacrifice yet the letters she wrote her father told of little complaint. There were times she mentioned hunger, sickness, and cold but she seemed to accept the cloistered lifestyle fairly well. Her style of writing was eloquent and reflected her intelligence. The love and devotion she had for her father was tremendous and left me with the impression that he must have nurtured her well though her childhood days. He certainly provided for her needs when she had requests for food or money. I wish the letters he wrote to her had survived too.
Galileo's scientific mind and astronomical observations were amazing! I can picture him at work very clearly with the detail in this book. I imagine when Maria was growing up she learned a lot from watching her father and hearing his theories and discoveries explained first-hand. I believe he was the kind of dad that took time to explain things and teach his children.
The days of the Black Death where horrific and the disease was greatly feared. Isolation in the convent kept the nuns safe for the most part, but the lack of food probably did make the territory less appealing to rats. I thought the plague doctors were frightening in their uniforms. I'm considering an outfit like they had for next year's Halloween costume. ...more