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The End of a Chapter

by Shane Leslie

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4046 The End of a Chapter, By Shane Leslie, M.A. Cambridge (read 12 July 2005) This is a 1916 book of essays which I found quaintly enjoyable reading. He has a chapter on his links to the past--he is a first cousin to Winston Churchill, thru their mothers--and one on his time at Eton, another on his time at Cambridge (1904-1908), and on other interesting subjects. His comment on the outbreak of war in 1914: "it was as refreshing as going out after a scrap with domestics to listen to the thunderous skies gathering for a deluge. In a moment of time the troubles and worries and threatenings of politics became antediluvian, and the nation stepped down to do battle with the cleansing floods." A reaction reminiscent of Rupert Brooke's astonishing reaction to the same event:

Now, God be thanked Who has matched us with His hour,
And caught our youth, and wakened us from sleeping,
With hand made sure, clear eye, and sharpened power,
To turn, as swimmers into cleanness leaping,
Glad from a world grown old and cold and weary,
Leave the sick hearts that honour could not move,
And half-men, and their dirty songs and dreary,
And all the little emptiness of love! ( )
  Schmerguls | Oct 16, 2007 |
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