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I have been all yesterday evening and this forenoon in Italy, four hundred years ago

Clarice Campobello Sinico (b. 1840), Italian soprano, sang Beethoven’s aria op. 65 ‘Ah perfido spergiuro!’ (text by Metastasio) at the Edinburgh Choral Union’s concert on 4 January 1875. The Portfolio article here mentioned is An Autumn Effect (publ. April 1875). … Continue reading

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For two good emotions I would sacrifice a thousand years of fame

During his days in London RLS has gone with Mrs. Sitwell to the British Museum to revisit the Elgin marbles, and has carried off photographs of them to put up in his room at Edinburgh. ‘The desire of the moth … Continue reading

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A wonderful grey distance

Sidney Colvin could not remember what the Japanese prints were which he had been sending to RLS at his wish, but he said they sounded like specimens of the Japanese artists Hiroshige (1797-1858) and Kuniyoshi (1798-1861). The taste for these … Continue reading

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A little lake of tarnished green deepening into a blood-orange at the margins

In Edinburgh Sacramental fast-days were observed on the Thursday before the last Sunday of April and October; they were discontinued in 1887. The ‘Song of Deborah and Barak’ is from the Bible, Judges 5. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts … Continue reading

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The audible haunting of an incarnate anger about the house

‘John Knox’ and ‘J.K.’ herein mentioned are the two papers on John Knox and his Relations with Women, first printed in Manmillan’s Magazine and afterwards in Familiar Studies of Men and Books. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by … Continue reading

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The darkness made me a little fanciful

On a railway journey thorough Wales with his parents. Richmond Seeley is the proprietor and publisher of the Portfolio. RLS’s essay on John Knox will be published in Macmillan’s Magazine, Sept. 1875. ‘The horrid story’ is the ‘horrible story of … Continue reading

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I wonder why my stories are always so nasty

On a railway journey through England and Wales with his parents, RLS arrives at Barmouth, and stays at the Cors y Gedol Arms Hotel. The Portfolio paper here mentioned is that entitled On the Enjoyment of Unpleasant Places. The essay … Continue reading

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