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Thursday, 1 August 2013
See also, 'Enchanted' - March 23rd., http://earnoldbennett.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/enchanted.html
See also, 'Bicycling in France' - August 26th., http://earnoldbennett.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/monday-august-26th.html
At night Marriott was talking of the greed of certain famous painters. He said that at a pension table d'hote on the continent, when the fish came round, F--- would help himself to two whole soles, of course quite regardless of the rest of the company. Similar tales of B--- who must be an inconceivable boor. When the round did not begin with B---, and he saw the dish travelling from person to person, he would cry out aloud his fears that not sufficient would be left for himself. On the other hand, when the waiters began with him, he would take so much that the waiters, perceiving his greed, would next time begin so as to serve him last. Marriott has also told (and Mrs. M. too) numerous almost incredible stories of B---'s tyranny over his wife - under the guise of being utterly devoted to her. That is to say, he passes his life in forbidding her to do, to eat, to enjoy things that he considers dangerous for her. The attitude has become a mania; it springs of course from a purely selfish fear of losing her. Without knowing B--- I have acquired quite a violent distaste for him: and each fresh tale that I hear of his monstrous egoism gives me a sort of morbid pleasure. I thought I might use him up as the husband of the stay-at-home sister in "The Old Wives' Tale".