Correspondence

2036.  EBB to RB

As published in The Brownings’ Correspondence, 11, 88–89.

[London]

Wednesday [sic, for Thursday]. [18 September 1845][1]

Of course you cannot do otherwise than go with your sister—or it will be “Every man out of his humour”[2] perhaps—& you are not so very ‘savage’ after all.

On monday then, if you do not hear—to the contrary.

Papa has been walking to & fro in this room, looking thoughtfully & talking leisurely—& every moment I have expected I confess, some word (that did not come) about Pisa– Mr Kenyon thinks it cannot end so—& I do sometimes—& in the meantime I do confess to a little ‘savageness’ also—at heart!– All I asked him to say the other day, was that he was not displeased with me——& he would’nt; & for me to walk across his displeasure spread on the threshold of the door, & moreover take a sister & brother with me, & do such a thing for the sake of going to Italy, & securing a personal advantage, were altogether impossible, obviously impossible!– So poor Papa is quite in disgrace with me just now——if he would but care for that!

May God bless you. Amuse yourself well on saturday– I could not see you on thursday[3] any way—for Mr Kenyon is here every day .. staying in town just on account of this Pisa business, in his abundant kindness– On monday then–

Ever yours

EBB

Address: Robert Browning Esqre / New Cross / Hatcham / Surrey.

Postmark: 3AN3 SP18 1845 A.

Docket, in RB’s hand: 55.

Publication: RB-EBB, p. 205.

Manuscript: Wellesley College.

1. EBB is responding to the preceding letter, which did not reach her until Thursday.

2. EBB refers to the amateur production of Jonson’s Every Man in His Humour mentioned in the preceding letter. See also letter 2041, note 5.

3. RB’s comment at the end of the following letter would indicate that EBB meant Friday.

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