[Venice—Monday, 24 September 1888]
Dined at Casa Alvisi. Brownings, Hamilton Aidé, Howes. Aidé said he had written a poem on our garden at Giudecca where he visited us 5 years ago. Sat by Miss Browning, who saw Pianori shoot at Nap. III. who always walked his horse up the incline from Arc de l’Etoile.
Said he paid £5000 for his new house in London.
Browning spoke with emphasis of disgust & contempt for Zola’s writing—wh. many of the younger & ‘advanced’ literary men & women in England at this day do not at all repudiate. ‘Art’ is the pretext for coarseness—& objectors are ‘Philistines.’
1. “Slaughter”; or “carnage.”