13-03-11

Hugh Walpole, Paul Morand, Richard Zoozmann, Moritz Graf von Strachwitz, Oscar Blumenthal, Hermine de Graaf, W. O. Mitchell

 

De Britse schrijver Hugh Seymour Walpole werd geboren op 13 maart 1884 in Auckland, Nieuw Zeeland. Zie ook mijn blog van 13 maart 2007 en ook mijn blog van 13 maart  2009 en ook mijn blog van 13 maart 2010.

 

Uit: Jeremy and Hamlet  (Come out of the Kitchen)

 

There was a certain window between the kitchen and the pantry that was Hamlet's favourite. Thirty years ago--these chronicles are of the year 1894--the basements of houses in provincial English towns, even of large houses owned by rich people, were dark, chill, odourfull caverns hissing with ill-burning gas and smelling of ill-cooked cabbage. The basement of the Coles' house in Polchester was as bad as any other, but this little window between the kitchen and

the pantry was higher in the wall than the other basement windows, almost on a level with the iron railings beyond it, and offering a view down over Orange Street and, obliquely, sharp to the right and

past the Polchester High School, a glimpse of the Cathedral Towers themselves.

Inside the window was a shelf, and on this shelf Hamlet would sit for hours, his peaked beard interrogatively a-tilt, his leg sticking out from his square body as though it were a joint-leg and worked like the limb of a wooden toy, his eyes, sad and mysterious, staring into Life.. ..

It was not, of course, of Life that he was thinking; only very high- bred and in-bred dogs are conscious philosophers. His ears were stretched for a sound of the movements of Mrs. Hounslow the cook, his nostrils distended for a whiff of the food that she was manipulating, but his eyes were fixed upon the passing show, the pageantry, the rough-and-tumble of the world, and every once and again the twitch of his Christmas-tree tail would show that something was occurring in this life beyond the window that could supervene, for a moment at any rate, over the lust of the stomach and the lure of the clattering pan.“

 

 

 

Hugh Walpole (13 maart 1884 – 1 juni 1941)

Portret door Stephen Bone

 

 

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