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He then relates the tragic history of an older colleague named Enoch Soames. I had already essayed to write, and was immensely keen on the mot justethat Holy Grail of the period. After all, I reassured myself, London was a very large place, and one very dim figure might easily drop out of it unobserved, now especially, in the blinding glare of the near Jubilee.
I could see that what was upmost in his mind was the fact that I had read “Negations. I was sure he was not an Englishman, but what WAS his nationality? A bargain was a bargain, and I was the last man to aid or abet any one in wriggling out of a reasonable obligation.
This is a new one on me. With an effort I controlled myself and rose from my chair. I live near the museum.
You’re a miserable bungler. So much so that it has been ignored completely by a mainstream press made too cynical by the success of “The da Vinci Code” to know how to handle her extraordinary claims.
So here we go. He wore a soft black hat of clerical kind, but of Bohemian intention, and a gray waterproof cape which, perhaps because it was waterproof, failed to be romantic. In fact, I still am.
Therefore no painter would offer an opinion of a book without warning you at soaames rate that his opinion was worthless. It sounds like a cracking short story.
To be sure you have an up to date first edition [xxxxx10x. And so now you are wondering how my friend’s dad comes into the tale. Whenever the tune was changed I heard the quarrel still raging. Or, rather, how am I to hush up the horrid fact that he WAS ridiculous? Soames does not flinch. A preliminary version may often be posted for suggestion, comment and editing by those who wish to soaames so. It is printed in English, but in a phonetic spelling and with modified pronunciation, both of which had apparently evolved during the intervening century.
They made a queer contrast in that sunlit room, Soames sitting haggard in that hat and cape, which nowhere at any season had I seen him doff, and this other, this keenly vital man, at sight of whom I more than ever wondered whether he were a diamond merchant, a conjurer, or the head of a private detective agency. I had read “L’Apres-midi d’un faune” without extracting a glimmer of meaning; yet Mallarme, of course, was a master. Soames was only not sure whether the men and women were hairless or shorn.
A person dressed in a cape matching Soames description arrived on cue and busied himself looking through books and catalogues!
I was young, and had not the clarity of judgment that Rothenstein already had. The chase would be swift, the capture certain. Enoch Soames, whose poems you may or may not know–” Was there NO way of helping him, saving him? The piece claims to describe actual events, witnessed by Teller and a small group of other people; fans of Beerbohm’s story, who had come to the Reading Room on the date specified, in time for Soames’ afternoon “visit”.
Time travel stories are always interesting to read,when the name teller came up have to admit i thought staged event straight away. There was no other trace of him. He was smoking a cigarette, with an untasted salmi of something on his plate and a half-empty bottle of Sauterne before him, and he was quite silent. He was twenty-one years old.
These were to be published from the Bodley Head, London. He never sought to propitiate his fellow-writers, never bated a jot of his arrogance about his own work or of his contempt for theirs. Almost an hour to spare. You would better therefore–” Soames removed the cigarette from his mouth and dropped it into his glass of Sauterne.
Soames triumphantly exposing the devil as a liar, and laughing “full shrill,” cut a quite heartening figure, I thought, then!