Allegra: The Story of Byron and Miss Clairmont

Allegra: The Story of Byron and Miss Clairmont

Allegra: The Story of Byron and Miss Clairmont

Allegra: The Story of Byron and Miss Clairmont

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BYRON'S mother, when he was six years old, said in one of her rages with him, for which he states he "often gave her cause enough":

"Ah, you little dog, you are a Byron all over; you are as bad as your father!"

If she meant by this passionate reprobation of her exasperating offspring to extol the virtues of the strain that he got from her forbears, she would have done the Byrons a rank injustice. Her denunciation was really intended as a condemnation of both the boy and his father, with whom she was still desperately in love in spite of his outrageous treatment of her.

In this opinion of Captain John Byron, known to the social circles in which he moved as "Mad Jack," his son in later life concurred. He told Captain Medwin, in one of those confidences of his mature manhood which he was accustomed to bestow impartially on whoever cared to accept them, that his father squandered three fortunes and married or ran away with three women and that "Captain Jack" seemed born for his own ruin and that of the other sex. He began . . .

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