Posted by Magnus Smith on October 07, 2016 at 01:48:10 user Magnus.
In Reply to: Re: where to enjoy AR posted by Tiss Flower on October 04, 2016 at 01:51:51:
Wasn't it documented that AR was perfectly happy in the company of children, as long as everyone was doing what he wanted to do?
The story of the unwanted visit to a grumpy author (turkish slipper incident) is probably cited as an example of AR grumpiness. Worse is the documented fact that he wrote to a headmistress in Suffolk asking her to make the school children play quietly so they would not disturb his nearby home. But...
He invited George and Josephone Russell (teenagers) to crew his yacht on many occasions, he insisted small children start with cake when they visited his house for tea (leave bread to the end), and Dick/Desmond Kesall seem to have good memories of AR too; they never said he was a grump. Those are just a few examples I can think of.
As for Tabitha, it is said that Ivy dictated all the letters! Whilst Ivy probably did make matters worse, I think it fair to say AR was half to blame. Though in those days fathers did not have great relationships with daughters anyway. The era of "seen and not heard" was still upon the UK.
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