Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Divine Afflatus

Mary Reed Bobbitt, With Dearest Love to All: The Life and Letters of Lady Jebb (London, Faber and Faber, 1960), p.63 (Cara is Lady Jebb):
One of Cara's old Cambridge acquaintances, Mrs. Keynes, when ninety, recalled a story about Jeanette Potts, who took herself very seriously as a poetess. One day when she was taking a walk into the town (they had moved into a house on Parker's Piece) she was inspired to write a poem. Rushing into Peck's, the chemist's shop, she exclaimed, 'The divine afflatus! Give me some paper, quick!' Mr. Peck, much puzzled about her predicament, showed her into the lavatory.
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