Kittie’s feelings

Kittie Calderon also wrote almost every day to George, but thirty years later she directed that her letters be burned after her death and only one has survived (from which I shall quote on 22 September).  Nevertheless, after the War she told Percy Lubbock how she herself viewed George’s going to serve with the Blues at Windmill Hill Camp after being thrown from his horse in London:

What I regretted was besides the fact of the horrid pain, that he should go into this strange world of the ‘Blues’ so unlike himself. I felt it would so handicap him and so stand in the way of the men there finding out what manner of man he was.  How much it may have done this I don’t know. […] His letters [tell] how much he felt like a very new boy on his first day at public school when he walked into Camp.  Also how nice and kind they were to him.  But I truly think that was one of the bravest things he ever did.

Next entry: 20 September 1914


About Patrick Miles

I am a writer who specialises in Anton Chekhov and is writing a biography of George Calderon.
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