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I kept up as long as I could in an imitation of a street singer

RLS left Davos on December 18th, 1881, and went after Fanny to Berne, where she had consulted a doctor for her own illness. The next is after going down to meet his wife and stepson, when the former had left … Continue reading

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Flush-faced they played with old polysyllables

At Davos, the following experiment in Horatian alcaics was suggested by conversations with Horatio (!) F. Brown (historian specialised in the history of Venice) and J.A. Symonds (historian of the Italian Renaissance), on metrical forms, followed by the despatch of … Continue reading

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‘Vixerunt nonnulli in agris, delectati re sua familiari’

RLS and Fanny were married on 19 May 1880 by the Revd William Anderson Scott, a Scots Presbyterian minister, at his home in Post Street, San Francisco. After staying 3 days at the Palace Hotel, they left San Francisco. on … Continue reading

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I was very glad to be back again in this dear place, and smell the wet forest in the morning

Having on the 14th of July 1875 passed with credit his examination for the Bar at Edinburgh, RLS thenceforth enjoyed whatever status and consideration attaches to the title of Advocate. But he made no serious attempt to practise, and by … Continue reading

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I have survived myself, and somehow live on, a curious changeling, a merry ghost

The old print which RLS is alluding here still remains unidentified. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 2, 388]. To Fanny Sitwell [Colvin, 1912, pp. … Continue reading

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Winter seen from the inside of a warm greatcoat

The ‘Buckinghamshire affair’ refers to RLS’s essay ‘An Autumn Effect’, published in the Portfolio, April and May 1875. Maurice de Guérin (1810-1839) was a French poet and mystic who won recognition after his death with the publication of his Journal … 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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