Though this is told without the sense of realism that could have given Edith Cavell's story more force, it is a faithful, sympathetic biography of a great person. Born and brought up in an English vicarage, Edith Cavell's inclinations were geared to helping others from childhood; one of the first big things she accomplished was, fund-raising for, and the establishment of, a small sunday school- on her own initiative. As a young woman, she thought of teaching then abandoned the idea because of a lack of self-confidence and became for a time a governess in a Belgian family. The connection helped alter the course of her later life, for, after becoming a nurse at home again, she was asked to head training in the Belgian Red Cross- where she came to her tragic end in World War I. The events are here- but described in a protective way as if to shield readers and cushion them having to face things as they actually were.