Excerpt from Notes From a Diary, 1851-1872, Vol. 2 of 2 I spent this month at Torquay, engaged, for the most part, in finishing my paper upon Austria, already mentioned, for the North British Review. Amongst the lighter books which I read at this time was one called Mystifications, which gave an account of the way in which a number of the most eminent persons, in the Edinburgh society of the earlier part of this century, had been taken in by a clever friend, who had presented herself to them in a variety of different characters, without their having the slightest idea who she was. I happened to say that I thought they were easily deceived. A day or two afterwards a card was brought to me, with the name Miss Sharpe upon it. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.