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‘Robert talks immensely’

  • Katie Bromley
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Abstract

Robert Browning was there, rather to Mr. Fox’s annoyance as he wanted to have been writing his sermon. Robert talks immensely, and how self-conscious! To me, distressingly so. He read some splendid scenes from Victor Hugo’s ‘Tribould’ and ‘Lucretia Borgia’1 — and some things that overwhelm you, and then when he had finished, instead of dealing with the magnificence of the writing or the powerful interest, he turned your attention to himself and his translating, forcing you to pay him compliments about it, because he kept saying how badly he had done it!2

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