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Margot Asquith, an Autobiography - Two Volumes in One   By: (1864-1945)

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MARGOT ASQUITH

AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

TWO VOLUMES IN ONE

I DEDICATE THIS BOOK TO MY HUSBAND

What? Have you not received powers, to the limits of which you will bear all that befalls? Have you not received magnanimity? Have you not received courage? Have you not received endurance? EPICTETUS

PREFACE

When I began this book I feared that its merit would depend upon how faithfully I could record my own impressions of people and events: when I had finished it I was certain of it. Had it been any other kind of book the judgment of those nearest me would have been invaluable, but, being what it is, it had to be entirely my own; since whoever writes as he speaks must take the whole responsibility, and to ask "Do you think I may say this?" or "write that?" is to shift a little of that responsibility on to someone else. This I could not bear to do, above all in the case of my husband, who sees these recollections for the first time now. My only literary asset is natural directness, and that faculty would have been paralysed if I thought anything that I have written here would implicate him. I would rather have made a hundred blunders of style or discretion than seem, even to myself, let alone the world at large, to have done that.

Unlike many memoirists, the list of people I have to thank in this preface is short: Lord Crewe and Mr. Texeira de Mattos who alone saw my MS. before its completion for their careful criticisms which in no way committed them to approving of all that I have written; Mr. Desmond MacCarthy, for valuable suggestions; and my typist, Miss Lea, for her silence and quickness.

There are not many then of whom I can truly say, "Without their approval and encouragement this book would never have been written" but those who really love me will forgive me and know that what I owe them is deeper than thanks.

CONTENTS OF BOOK ONE

CHAPTER I

THE TENNANT FAMILY MARGOT, ONE OF TWELVE CHILDREN HOME LIFE IN GLEN, SCOTLAND FATHER A SELF CENTRED BUSINESS MAN; HIS VANITIES; HIS PRIDE IN HIS CHILDREN NEWS OF HIS DEATH HANDSOME LORD RIBBLESDALE VISITS GLEN MOTHER DELICATE; HER LOVE OF ECONOMY; CONFIDENCES TENNANT GIRLS' LOVE AFFAIRS

CHAPTER II

GLEN AMONG THE MOORS MARGOT'S ADVENTURE WITH A TRAMP THE SHEPHERD BOY MEMORIES AND ESCAPADES LAURA AND MARGOT; PROPOSALS OF MARRIAGE NEW MEN FRIENDS LAURA ENGAGED; PROPOSAL IN THE DUSK MARGOT'S ACCIDENT IN HUNTING FIELD LAURA'S PREMONITION OF DEATH IN CHILDBIRTH LAURA'S WILL

CHAPTER III

SLUMMING IN LONDON; ADVENTURE IN WHITECHAPEL; BRAWL IN A SALOON; OUTINGS WITH WORKING GIRLS MARGOT MEETS PRINCESS OF WALES GOSSIP OVER FRIENDSHIP WITH PRINCE OF WALES LADY RANDOLPH CHURCHILL'S BALL MARGOT'S FIRST HUNT; MEETS ECCENTRIC DUKE OF BEAUFORT; FALLS IN LOVE AT SEVENTEEN; COMMANDEERS A HORSE

CHAPTER IV

MARGOT AT A GIRLS' SCHOOL WHO SPILT THE INK? THE ENGINE DRIVER'S MISTAKEN FLIRTATION MARGOT LEAVES SCHOOL IN DISGUST DECIDES TO GO TO GERMANY TO STUDY CHAPTER V

A DRESDEN LODGING HOUSE MIDNIGHT ADVENTURE WITH AN OFFICER AFTER THE OPERA AN ELDERLY AMERICAN ADMIRER YELLOW ROSES, GRAF VON AND MOTIFS FROM WAGNER

CHAPTER VI

MARGOT RIDES HORSE INTO LONDON HOME AND SMASHES FURNITURE SUITOR IS FORBIDDEN THE HOUSE ADVISES GIRL FRIEND TO ELOPE; INTERVIEW WITH GIRL'S FATHER TETE A TETE DINNER IN PARIS WITH BARON HIRSCH WINNING TIP FROM FRED ARCHER THE JOCKEY

CHAPTER VII

PHOENIX PARK MURDERS REMEDIES FOR IRELAND TELEPATHY AND PLANCHETTE VISIT TO BLAVATSKY SIR CHARLES DILKE'S KISS VISITS TO GLADSTONE THE LATE LORD SALISBURY'S POLITICAL PROPHECIES

CHAPTER VIII

THE BEAUTIFUL KATE VAUGHAN COACHED BY COQUELIN IN MOLIERE ROSEBERY'S POPULARITY AND ELOQUENCE CAMPBELL BANNERMAN BON VIVANT AND BOULEVARDIER BALFOUR'S MOT; HIS CHARM AND WIT; HIS TASTES AND PREFERENCES; HIS RELIGIOUS SPECULATION

CONTENTS OF BOOK TWO

CHAPTER I

THE SOULS LORD CURZON'S POEM AND DINNER PARTY AND WHO WERE THESE MARGOT'S INVENTORY OF THE GROUP TILT WITH THE LATE LADY LONDONDERRY VISIT TO TENNYSON; HIS CONTEMPT FOR CRITICS; HIS HABIT OF LIVING J... Continue reading book >>




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