Alfred Lord Tennyson; a Memoir - Vol. 2

Alfred Lord Tennyson; a Memoir - Vol. 2

Alfred Lord Tennyson; a Memoir - Vol. 2

Alfred Lord Tennyson; a Memoir - Vol. 2

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[ Throughout Chapters II, III, IV and VI, for the greater clearness of the text, I have printed all extracts from my mother's journal in small print; and my father's diary and letters, as well as my own paragraphs, in large print .]

1865-1869.

My father's letter-diary. ( The death of his mother .)

1865. Feb . 21 st . Rosemount, Hampstead. Mother had gone before I came, she went at 10 p.m., age 84.

I dare not see her. I shall have to stop over the funeral. She did not ask for me especially, which is one comfort.

Feb. 25 th . Hampstead. I am going to put up at Arthur's. We are all I think pretty cheerful. I hope Woolner will make himself quite at home (at Farringford) and have an attic for smoking, for he enjoys his pipe.

Monday, Hampstead. We are going to the funeral to-day. The departure of so blessed a being, almost whose last words were, when asked how she felt, " very quiet," seems to have no sting in it and she declared that she had no pain. We all of us hate the pompous funeral we have to join in, black plumes, black coaches and . . .

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