The Life of Edward Fitzgerald
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from ... Show synopsis 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. 1904 Excerpt: ... portion which was the churchyard. Dunwich is dear to the inhabitants of Lowestoft, Beccles, and the other surrounding towns, especially to the younger and more sentimental element, who, however, are interested less in its antiquities and eerieness than in its 'sweet little lanes--just room enough for two.' Even to 1866 Dunwich had a mayor and corporation, and FitzGerald alludes to 'Old Joe' the mace-bearer. At Dunwich FitzGerald often met Edwin Edwards, a London artist, who was seeking to build up his health. He always enjoyed the society of both Edwards and Mrs. Edwards, and he once lent them Little Grange for a month. When Edwards taught him Spanish dominoes, he said it would be an excellent plan for people to carry dominoes about with them in order to give 'something easy to do besides conversation.' Here too he became acquainted with that 'melancholy man, ' Charles Keene, of Punch, a friend of the Edwardses. Keene, who described FitzGerald as 'just one of our sort, very bookish, and fond of art, and delightful company, ' resembled him in being abstemious, a lover of music (Keene's weakness was the bagpipes, on which he was an enthusiastic performer), and of Elizabethan and Caroline literature. Like FitzGerald, too, he was quietly humorous, shy, an inveterate smoker--using a short clay with a tiny bowl--careless in dress, and outspoken. When Keene was not smoking or blowing the bagpipes he liked to have a brandy-ball in his cheek; and of this sweet no child was more fond. The pair used to talk till midnight--belles lettres, Shakespeare and the musical glasses, but evidently not Omar Khayyam. When calling once on W. B. Scott, Keene happened to mention that he had lately been visiting FitzGerald. Describing the incident, Keene says: 'Scott jumped off his ch.