Sophie Gurney was the great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin, and born into a very creative home. Unfortunately, it was also one where suffering was found, and not always dealt with on Christian terms. There was love, though, which she passed on generously. The vignette of her home in one brief period sounds lovely, in its own disheveled way:
After the war the family settled in Cambridge, where Mark became a lecturer in Zoology and then Senior Tutor at Trinity. Their large house in Chaucer Road overflowed with children, cousins, lodgers, friends and pupils in difficulties. Sophie was expert at looking after people, and an excellent cook. She tolerated her husband’s collection of usual and unusual pets — the lawns were mowed by vast numbers of guinea-pigs, or “poor man’s deer” as he called them.
Of course, retrospect is often coloured in sepia tones, which gently cover the trials. A life of suffering and little graces -- may God grant her rest.