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CHAPTER V

 

(1877-1883)

 

Dramatic tastes—Miss Ellen Terry—"Natural Science at Oxford"—Mr. Dodgson as an artist—Miss E. G. Thomson—The drawing of children—A curious dream—"The Deserted Parks"—"Syzygies"—Circus children—Row-loving undergraduates—A letter to The Observer—Resignation of the Lectureship—He is elected Curator of the Common Room—Dream-music.

 
MR. DODGSON'S love of the drama was not, as I have shown, a taste which he acquired in later years. From early college days he never missed anything which he considered worth seeing at the London theatres. I believe he used to reproach himself—unfairly, I think—with spending too much time on such recreations. For a man who worked so hard and so incessantly as he did; for a man to whom vacations meant rather a variation of mental employment than absolute rest of mind, Page:Collingwood - Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll.djvu/202 Page:Collingwood - Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll.djvu/203 Page:Collingwood - Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll.djvu/204 Page:Collingwood - Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll.djvu/205 Page:Collingwood - Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll.djvu/206 Page:Collingwood - Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll.djvu/207 Page:Collingwood - Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll.djvu/208
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TOM TAYLOR.

(From a photograph by Lewis Carroll.)

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DR. LIDDELL.

(From a photograph by Hill & Saunders.)

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Jan. 27, 1883 [His birthday]. — I cannot say I feel much older at 51 than at 21! Had my first "tasting-luncheon"; it seemed to give great satisfaction. [The object of the Curator's "tasting-luncheon" was, of course, to give members of Common Room an opportunity of deciding what wines should be bought.]

March 15th. — Went up to town to fulfil my promise to Lucy A.———: to take her for her first visit to the theatre. We got to the Lyceum in good time, and the play was capitally acted. I had hinted to Beatrice (Miss Ellen Terry) how much she could add to Lucy's pleasure by sending round a "carte" of herself; she sent a cabinet. She is certainly an adept in giving gifts that gratify.

April 23rd. — Tried another long walk — 22 miles, to Besilsleigh, Fyfield, Kingston, Bagpuize, Frilford, Marcham, and Abingdon. The last half of the way was in the face of wind, rain, snow, and hail. Was too lame to go into Hall.