By Margaret Forster
Publish yr note: First released in 1998
A magnificent follow-up to Hidden Lives, Margaret Forster's such a lot own e-book but takes up the tale of her gritty, northern father, Arthur, intertwined with that of her sister-in-law, Marion, who died of melanoma at nearly part the age of the ninety six year-old Arthur.
Margaret Forster's father used to be no longer a guy to respond to questions - least of all questions on existence and loss of life, so she makes an attempt to reply to them for herself. As Forster seems to be again at Arthur's existence and indomitable personality, she inspires incidents from her formative years, his operating lifestyles and obdurate previous age, attempting to make experience in their principally unstated dating, and of his tenacious carry on lifestyles, and on his family.
Arthur and Marion's lives have been traditional, and it appears unremarkable, yet, whilst confronted with demise, lives like those develop into surprisingly priceless.
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How deliciously you could paint him—it would make fascinating reading,—the sort that makes a reader laugh & cry at the same time, for Orion is as good & as ridiculous a soul as ever was. We thought we were going to lose our little Clara yesterday, but the danger is gone, to-day, apparently. Ah, to think of Bayard Taylor! It is too sad to talk about. I was so glad there was not a single sting & so many good praiseful words in the Atlantic’s criticism of Deukalion. Love to you all Yrs Ever Mark. Ï We remain here till middle of March.
Yes, we calculate upon returning to America next August & to Hartford in October. Yrs Truly S. L. Clemens Ï 1879—page 20 To Orion Clemens 9 February 1879 • Munich, Germany (MS: CU-MARK and CtHMTH, #01631) Munich, Feb. 9. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 My Dear Bro— I enclose $25 draft for $25 on Hartford. I shall be sincerely glad to hear that you[r] success meets your highest expectations. But I want to caution you earnestly as to one thing.
When that day comes the tramps will as soon go to any other place beginning with H as Hartford. Meaning short-syllable places beginning with H. I wish an experienced tramp would reform; & expose the means by which tramps acquire their surprisingly minute & accurate information about the inside affairs of families. I have in mind the French tramp whom I spoke of a while ago. A young American lady who is visiting us,—I will call her Miss Jones, though that is really not her name,—goes to Madame B.
Precious Lives by Margaret Forster