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Dunlop, the British consul at Spezia. Three young poets, Lascelles Abercrombie, Wilfrid Gibson, and Robert Calverley, called when they were at a peasant wedding, bringing with them the artist Aubrey Waterfield. The novelist Ivy Low (a Lawrence admirer who became the wife of the Russian ambassador Litvinov) arrived by invitation, and stayed too long for Frieda. Before Christmas they were Waterfield's guests at his castle twelve miles inland, with 'the jagged Appennines prowling around'. On Christmas Eve they entertained sixteen peasants, and were invited out by the Huntingdons and Pearses, who read Sons and Lovers with admiration; the Pearses had 'a beautiful house where the Empress Frederick of Germany spent a winter with them - and Count Seckendorf'.

Love Poems and Others was published the following month, and he sent Jessie Chambers a copy. Then for some strange reason he sent her proofs of Sons and Lovers, inviting her to visit him and Frieda 'some time' should she care to do so. She did not know whether to laugh or to cry, and after taking counsel with her sister returned his letter without comment. Neither of them was interested in his proofs when they discovered no change of attitude towards Miriam, and they were promptly sent back. Lawrence was hurt, and told Edward Garnett that Jessie had always looked down on him spiritually.

221-6) to Croydon and Eastwood groups. Mrs Dax was one of the most advanced and relentless workers for social causes and women's rights, but Lawrence was becoming disillusioned with the movement. In Croydon he found the Socialists 'so stupid' and the Fabians 'so flat'. 217-20) to the Croydon English Association. Writing to her, he said he had just broken his betrothal of six years' standing 'rather disgracefully', and muddled his love affairs 'most ridiculously and most maddeningly'. On ;) December, when he was at Eastwood to attend his dying mother, he informed the same correspondent that he had been to Leicester that very day and quite unpremeditatedly proposed to a girl in the train between Rothley and Quorn.

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