The Exquisite Tragedy: An Intimate Life of John Ruskin

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CHAPTER XXXI

1874-1875: Aged 55-56



ROSE

Artemidora! Gods invisible, While thou art lying faint along the couch, Have tied the sandal to thy veined feet, And stand beside thee, ready to convey Thy weary steps where other rivers flow.

Landor.


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WHEN Ruskin came back to England to give his autumn lectures in 1874, it was to receive "the loveliest letters from Rosie." She came to London with her family, and they met sometimes at Mr. George Macdonald's house.

She has come back to me [ Ruskin wrote], finding she can't get on without some of the love she used to have.

It was at this time that she allowed Ruskin to make a pencil drawing of her. For a week or two Ruskin began to hope again, scarcely noticing, or unwilling to see, how ill she was.

She looks less than her age of twenty-two in the slight profile he drew of her. The thin wreath of flowers was laid upon smooth loops of very fair hair, and the eyes were between blue and gray. She was a most beautiful creature, tall and graceful. Once when she was a child and galloped about on her pony, her eyes had been full of play: now they were sad enough. Most people found that there was something impressive about Rose when she was grown up. One stranger, on seeing her for the first time, said that she looked "like a young sister of Christ's."

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  • Title Page iii
  • AUTHOR'S PREFACE vii
  • Contents xi
  • PART I 1
  • Chapter I 1
  • Chapter II 6
  • Chapter III 14
  • Chapter IV 21
  • Chapter V 24
  • Chapter VI 37
  • Chapter VII 51
  • Chapter VIII 63
  • PART II 81
  • Chapter IX 81
  • Chapter X 89
  • Chapter XI 100
  • Chapter XII 106
  • Chapter XIII 115
  • Chapter XIV 124
  • Chapter XV 135
  • Chapter XVI 143
  • PART III 149
  • Chapter XVII 149
  • Chapter XVIII 159
  • Chapter XIX 169
  • Chapter XX 178
  • Chapter XXI 188
  • Chapter XXII 203
  • Chapter XXIII 214
  • Chapter XXIV 223
  • Chapter XXV 236
  • Chapter XXVI 248
  • Chapter XXVII 256
  • PART IV 265
  • Chapter XXVIII 265
  • Chapter XXIX 273
  • Chapter XXX 291
  • Chapter XXXI 299
  • Chapter XXXII 304
  • Chapter XXXIII 315
  • Chapter XXXIV 328
  • Chapter XXXV 336
  • CHRONOLOGY 343
  • Appendix A 359
  • APPENDIX B 361
  • APPENDIX C 363
  • Index 367
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