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I cannot be mindful seeing the other ladies smoke, other than her neighbors Jane Harrison and Ahce Dew Smith, sitting in wicker chairs within the dehghtful untidy veranda at Wychfield. They used to play video games there: making rhymes approximately their buddies, or evaluating them to animals or vegetation or puddings. The veranda was once packed with beautiful issues, all one of the golf-clubs and tennis rackets; Persian rugs and homosexual cushions, or even the canine' ingesting bowls have been of queer Itahan pottery. there have been continuously canines striking approximately: Whisk, the shrewdpermanent Aberdeen, and silly outdated Pat, the Irish terrier, who used to be continually being exploited by means of Whisk. They have been rather as very important because the humans. three hundred and sixty five days the canine despatched Christmas provides to Frances, wdth Bernard's rhymed labels on them: Little Whisk Little Pat Sends you thisk. Sends you that. Aunt Ellen and her acquaintances looked as if it would me splendidly updated and hterary. She used to learn Stevenson and Henley to us, which was once the peak of modernity then. I beheve she had a true feeling for Hterature; but there has been consistently whatever approximately it that made me a httle uncomfortable. used to be it in all probability quite invaluable? for example, she didn't deal with Dickens. This should have been a barrier among her and Bernard, who was once constantly a Dickens specialist. The 5 Uncles the home was once choked with wonderful issues, yet that used to be Uncle Frank's doing. Aunt Ellen's personal style in artwork had extra of the style of the instant. there has been only a hint of greenery-yallery and jap lovers approximately her owoi rooms; and the nursery used to be quite pitch-piney and bleak. within the drawing-room hung a wide engraving after a portray through Fred Walker, 'The Harvest Moon', within which a country personality with a scythe and several other maidens wended their classical methods around the face of the complete moon. you may nearly date the wedding from that photo on my own, it used to be so usually given as a marriage current approximately 1883. I knew different of the easiest educational homes in Cambridge the place it was once the manager adornment of the drawing-room. there has been a small solid of the 'Venus of Milo'; and all concerning the apartment there hung huge photos of the easiest images: the 'Sistine Madonna', after all (all right drawing-rooms had her; we had her ourselves, even better, at home); and Watts's 'Hope', and 'Love and Death'; and in Frances's room, an lovely row of Carpaccio infants introduced again from Italy. Even in these cultivated circles the French Impressionists had now not but been heard of; although J. F. Millet had received via. Aunt Etty had a photo of'The Angelus', however it was once hung in a second-class spare bed room. Aunt Ellen used to be no longer a contented individual, notwithstanding i do not comprehend what was once mistaken. most likely she suffered from being too heavily surrounded by way of Darwins. She should were an early member of the Anti-Darwin League, a society lately based by means of those who have inadvertently married Darwins. definitely her cry was once frequently: 'Don't inform Henrietta i am sick; promise to not inform her. ' 'Don't inform Ida; i do know i have performed improper back. ' yet that's not rationalization adequate. lengthy after her dying Jane Harrison stated to me: 'I couldn't be sorry whilst Ellen died, simply because she was once so unsatisfied; even though i do not comprehend why.