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by Mrs. Vaizey
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Jessie Mansergh (nee Bell), later Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey (1856 or 1857-1917) was an English author who wrote thirty-three books, and many short stories and magazine articles.
How Pixie managed to sustain even her very low place in the class was a wonder to her companions; but in truth she had an unusually quick brain, so that when she chose to apply herself she learnt as much as slower girls would do in twice the time, while her Irish wit enabled her to place her scraps of knowledge in the most advantageous light, and rescued her from awkward questionings. Nowhere was this faculty more marked than in French, of which she knew least, yet in which subject she made the most rapid progress.
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