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"I have had a letter from Alys saying "As we are to have a formal separation for a time by mutual consent and with no explanations" and so on. So I gather she does not regard it as final yet-a-while. She says she is writing to a few people to tell them of it, including my Aunt Maude. This is all to the good, though Aunt Maude* will disapprove. She forced the Cobden-Sandersons to come together after they had had a happy time apart—at least I have always thought it was her doing." ...
"Yes dearest, you do give me what I have never had before—a happiness completely good and completely satisfying, as great and serious as the great tragic things of life. The physical union is quite essential—without that it would not be calm, but always feverish and not quite satisfying. It will take time for me to adjust all my other thoughts and feelings to it—hitherto they have been so much adjusted to quite other sorts of emotions." ...
"I quite agree with you about early Victorian times, and I like the 18th century in France, but not in England—in England it is the 19th century I like. I didn't expect my Grandmother's life to interest you on its own account, but I wanted you to know what is an important background to my thoughts and feelings.—Spencer Walpole's life of my Grandfather is dull—I don't much admire my Grandfather*, he was vacillating and full of uneasy vanity, but he did two great things, the Reform Bill, and Italian unity in 1859-60."
*[Lord John Russell]
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