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A fantastic sonata about the sea and wrecks

RLS was still getting testimonials from his acquaintances in support of his candidature for the Edinburgh History Chair. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see … Continue reading

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Not Kamschatka this trip, only the top of the Alps

RLS, Fanny and her son Lloyd left Edinburgh for London on 7 October 1880: here Dr. Andrew Clark confirmed the advice already given by Dr. George Balfour that he should spend the winter in the High Alps. They travelled by … Continue reading

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The trunk is the fun of it

The three “Rs” are, of course, reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic. RLS’s essay An Apology for Idlers was published in Cornhill Magazine for July 1877 and reprinted in Virginibus Puerisque, 1881. François Villon, Student, Poet and Housebreaker was in the same … Continue reading

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The look of his face was a wine to me

RLS was playing the role of Orsino in the rehearsals of The Twelfth Night for amateur theatricals at Professor Fleeming Jenkin’s. William Ernest Henley, RLS’s new acquaintance, suffered from a tubercolous disease: he had a wooden leg and had been … Continue reading

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I look forward confidently; I have faith after all!

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 2, 276]. To Fanny Sitwell [Colvin 1912, pp. 74-78] [Swanston, June, 1874], Wednesday. […] news reaches me that … Continue reading

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Children are certainly too good to be true

“Bonjour Philippine!” is the French expression used when someone eats twin fruits, or when two children accidentally pronounce the same sentence at the same time: the one who speaks first will gain next morning a little present from the other. … Continue reading

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