2055. EBB to RB
As published in The Brownings’ Correspondence, 11, 112.
[6 October 1845]
Ah but the good things do not come together—for just as your letter comes I am driven to asking you to leave tuesday for wednesday.
On tuesday Mr Kenyon is to be here or not to be here, he says—there’s a doubt .. & you would rather go to a clear day. So if you do not hear from me again I shall expect you on wednesday unless I hear to the contrary from you:—and if anything happens to wednesday you shall hear. Mr Kenyon is in town for only two days, or three. I never could grumble against him, so good & kind as he is:—but he may not come after all tomorrow—so it is not grudging the obolus to Belisarius, .. but the squandering of the last golden days at the bottom of the purse.
Do I ‘stand’– Do I walk? Yes—most ‘uprightly’– I ‘walk uprightly every day.’ Do I go out?—no, never. And I am not to be scolded for that—because when you were looking at the sun today, I was marking the east wind—& perhaps if I had breathed a breath of it .. farewell Pisa– People who can walk dont always walk into the lion’s den as a consequence—do they? should they? Are you “sure that they should.”?
I write in great haste– So wednesday then .. perhaps!
And yours every day.
You understand. Wednesday—if nothing to the contrary.
Address: Robert Browning Esqre / New Cross / Hatcham / Surrey.
Postmark: 10FN10 OC7 1845 A.
Docket, in RB’s hand: 63.
Publication: RB-EBB, p. 224.
Manuscript: Wellesley College.
1. Dated by postmark and EBB’s reference to Kenyon’s forthcoming visit.
2. Belisarius (d. 565), the greatest of Justinian’s generals, was accused of conspiracy and reduced to begging; legend says he put a sign over his dwelling which read: “Give an obolus to poor old Belisarius.”