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Re: Miss Lee and Latin

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Posted by Robin Selby on January 01, 2019 at 10:44:01 user RobinSelby.

In Reply to: Re: Miss Lee and Latin posted by Alan Hakim on December 30, 2018 at 10:17:28:

I looked through ‘Ransome in China’ for my Mixed Moss article on the location of Miss Lee’s islands, but I do not recall that it shed any light on how Ransome hit on the Latin idea.

I see from Hugh Brogan’s biography that Ransome had some dealings with Waugh’s father early on, but no mention of Evelyn. I’ve only read bits of the letters, so I don’t know if there’s anything helpful there. The idea that Ransome got the idea from Waugh is amusing, but alas I don’t know of anything to support it.

Kennedy’s Primer has certainly had a good innings. My son studies it while I drive him to school.

Incidentally, would Miss Lee have studied Greek at Cambridge? In my time at Oxford, I think you had to do both Greek and Latin, and perhaps the same held good at the junior university. If so, I am sorry that we never got the chance to see Miss Lee coaching her pupils in Greek.

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