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2 Oxford 'The great and real troubles of my early manhood ... ' (A. E. Housman)* Arriving in Oxford in 1874, Oscar Wilde had found it 'full of an inexpressible, an incommunicable charm'; it was, he later told Frank Harris, 'The capital of romance'. ) Father Gerard Manley Hopkins, on the other hand, who during Housman's fourth term moved from the Jesuit church in Farm Street, Mayfair, to the new parish church of St Aloysius, Oxford, saw the hand of change at work in the university city, and for the worse.

Benson of his youthful adoration of Napoleon III, and that the FrancoPrussian War was a great shock and grief to him (then aged 11). He spoke with contempt of writers as opposed to men of action. * Alfred's earliest lessons had been from a governess (of whom, according to Laurence, he drew caricatures); but soon he was sent to a dame's school in Bromsgrove High Street, whence he proceeded at eleven to Bromsgrove School. The scholarship he won in July 1870 was a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy year, for troubles now came, and came in battalions, to menace the idyllic life of the Housman family.

Although the prospect of such a large instant family must have been sobering, when he proposed she accepted; and they were married in London on 26 June 1873. After she had been dead for more than forty years, Laurence summed up Lucy as 'a very mixed character - a tyrant, but very courageous and staunch to her duty as she saw it ... a monument of Victorian vitality'. * Courage, staunchness and vitality were certainly in demand; as for the tyranny, it does not seem to have prevented Laurence and the others from going their own way when the time came.

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