17 March 2006

Via Diamond Geezer (see right, under Blogging) I found Crockatt and Powell, the blogging booksellers of Lower Marsh, which is just behind Waterloo Station if you don't know. Ashamed to say I've not been in - will remedy this soon. They report with excitement the arrival of an edition of JM Synge's travels in rural Ireland, which in turn led me to this quote, in the e-text:

In the middle classes the gifted son of a family is always the poorest--usually a writer or artist with no sense for speculation--and in a family of peasants, where the average comfort is just over penury, the gifted son sinks also, and is soon a tramp on the roadside.

Uncomfortable reading for the son of a working man, especially one with barely moderate gifts...

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