Oxford--Visit to Glenmalure; "All Souls' Night", 1921 --Speech at Oxford Union--Monday Evenings at Broad Street--Mysterious Happenings at Shillingford and Thame; Birth of Son--Plans to Return to Ireland; Death of J. B. Yeats
Midnight has come, and the great Christ Church Bell
And many a lesser bell sound through the room;
And it is All Souls' Night,
And two long glasses brimmed with muscatel
Bubble upon the table. A ghost may come;
For it is a ghost's right,
His element is so fine
Being sharpened by his death,
To drink from the wine-breath
While our gross palates drink from the whole wine.
YEATS decided to speed up the work on Ballylee, and spend what money he had earned in America on it without delay. He would make it an efficient house where he could have a guest. Two new luxuries only would he allow himself at Oxford, where his house was chiefly furnished with things from Woburn Buildings: pewter dinner plates and dishes and a green parrot.
A transport strike was on, travelling difficult, and the nurse on holiday in Ireland. Until the nurse's return Anne was sent to an