Ellen Agnus Beardsley (Pitt)
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About Ellen Agnus Beardsley
If the Pitt girls were an adornment to Brighton social life, it was generally agreed that Ellen sparkled most brightly. She was tall, slender, and attractive in a slightly equine fashion; her conspicuous points were vivacity, vanity and a well-cultivated gift for self-dramatization: she would make a late entrance into the drawing-room alone, after her sisters had obeyed a parental summons. Such tactics were evidently effective. At social gatherings men would often turn to the sprightly Ellen while more conventionally
beautiful' women were neglected. She had a reputation for daring and even for mischief. On one occasion she pretended to be a deaf-mute in order to secure a reserved pew at the front of a crowded church.
She was talented, especially at music, and played the piano with
more than ordinary amateur skill'. Her other great enthusiasm was religion. She was, in the parlance of the time, a sermon taster', going to any church where the preaching was supposed to be good; for a dilettante churchgoer Brighton was then an exciting place to be. The town was one of the centres of the Anglo-Catholic revival throughout the second half of the nineteenth century.