This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 Excerpt: ...at least like a fairy prince, or an intensely aristocratic and virtuous marquis--preferably revisiting the scenes of his childhood--rather ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 Excerpt: ...at least like a fairy prince, or an intensely aristocratic and virtuous marquis--preferably revisiting the scenes of his childhood--rather on the lines of the gentleman in La Sonnambula. C. is like a sort of spectre intrusif from which I have succeeded in escaping for a time, by wild travel! I assure you that she was one of the minor reasons which induced me to travel; just before my exams, she got on my nerves to an extent--! So I foisted her on to you. It was not kind. Sometimes I feel inclined to say to her, "My dear C, I am going to make you an allowance of so much per month, which will be paid to your credit at such a bank, or, which will be paid you by such a solicitor. I shall in future be very pleased to see and hear from you on every subject but finance. You must expect nothing more from me, and you may count on so much." The result would be, I presume, that she would drink herself to death in no time. The only really effective move would be to become curate at Bexhill and lodge with her! That's an idea! Ask Arthur if he would like to do it! I must stop now and pack. Yours frat., 4. MAURITIUS RE-VISITED. Bishopscourt, --Mauritius, Nov. 24, ipio. Dear Hilda, --I have been here four days. The only incident on the voyage was that a French lady, who had a tame abbe, as tutor to some nephews, was very sanguine about making me a papist in three days! Unfortunately the abbe was tin peu moderniste--too much so to make a good proselytizer! So I am still a " Protestant!" The Bishop is more delightful than ever. We have read so many of the same books, are interested in the same things, in the same way, and with naturally such a very different equipment, that conversation is altogether delightful. He has such a mellow judgment. Also he was at...
Small 8vo, 7pp [intro. ], 444pp plus 4pp [adverts], Illustrated [facsimile letters], No Annotations or Signatures, Edges have some foxing/soiling o/w internally Very Good, Blue Cloth in Good/Very Good condition. No Dust Jacket.
Good. No dust jacket. Cover has some wear and soiling, including fraying at top and bottom of spine. 356 p. Includes illustrations. From Wikipedia: "Donald William Alers Hankey (27 October 1884 12 October 1916) was an English soldier best known for two volumes of essays about the British volunteer army in World War I both titled A Student in Arms. Donald Hankey was born in Brighton, Sussex, the youngest child of Robert Alers Hankey and Helen Bakewell Hankey. Maurice Hankey was one of Donald's brothers....he entered the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich in the autumn of 1901 when he was not yet seventeen. After what he later remembered as the two most miserable years of my life at Woolwich Academy, Hankey received his commission as a second lieutenant, joined the Royal Garrison Artillery. On 8 August [1914 he] enlisted as a private in the 7th Battalion of the Rifle Brigade. Hankey s military experience marked him at once, and within a week he was made a sergeant, then sent to barracks at Aldershot. Hankey s two tours of combat duty were separated by about a year and by a change in rank from corporal in the Rifle Brigade to second lieutenant in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. The first culminated in his being wounded near Ypres on 30 July 1915. Since crossing the Channel in May, Hankey had begun to write about the war, more in the form of reflective essays than in personal narrative; but his wounding was the basis for an impressionistic and somewhat disguised account of that particular experience, later published as The Honour of the Brigade. At length, and not without misgivings, Donald was commissioned, finally joining the Warwicks infantry regiment, and returned to action. In the meantime Hankey was becoming an acclaimed, though as yet anonymous, author of a series of essays appearing in The Spectator under the nom de plume A Student in Arms. In essence, Hankey s increasingly popular essays were a comprehensive meditation on how Britain s citizen army was meeting the unprecedented challenge of war. Modestly and thoughtfully, Hankey spoke of the ordinary soldiers common ordeal in terms that his readers at home found sobering but reassuring. In their day, collected in two volumes published in the spring of 1916 by Andrew Melrose and (posthumously) in 1917, the pieces that comprise A Student in Arms were received with what must be called gratitude; today they provide valuable insight into how the 1914-18 war appeared to many who, both as civilians and in the military, actually experienced it whether facing combat or waiting anxiously at home. It. His brief first-hand participation in the cataclysmic opening day of the Battle of the Somme and its sickening aftermath mark some of Hankey s final letters with unmistakable signs of shock. After a short respite at an Army School behind the lines, Hankey was back in the trenches near Le Transloy. On 6 October, he wrote in calm resignation to his sister Hilda that heavy fighting was just ahead. It is part of the Hankey legend that as he and his men waited to go over the top at 1: 30 on the afternoon of 12 October 1916, Lt Hankey was heard to tell them, If you are wounded, Blighty; if killed, the Resurrection! Hankey died in that attack and was buried near where he fell. That grave was never located, and his name appears on the huge Thiepval memorial to the 70, 000 missing and unidentified dead who fought on the Somme."
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