Irishwomen, Friends and Scholars
Chapter 6 - Achievement 155
Chapter 6 Achievement The Last Rites of Friendship I knew that your heart was full when you left here and of course I did not mind. The strange thing about worry and illness like mine is that though the worst part is the worry [?] they cause to those one loves, it would be intolerable if it were not so. … I am afraid that I underestimated the shock that the news would be [to Lucy], as to you and others. I had a feeling all term, almost all year, that every one must half-know that I would not go on unless I got really well quite soon, and I counted too much on that half-formulated knowledge to reduce the shock of my decision to resign. As you know, I am not at all a secretive person and it was dif ficult for me to avoid frank statements once I had made up my mind, so I decided that I had better discuss things with no one at all. I know that you will help Lucy all you can. … Dear Enid, your visit was such a help to me. I was thinking so much about Oxford and all my friends that it made all the dif ference to have you there.1 Maude returned to her father’s rectory – and a steady stream of women friends began crossing the Irish Sea. Enid Starkie was the first, followed by Lucy Sutherland and May McKisack. From July to November 1935, eight Oxford friends – plus Helen Waddell...
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