Sunday, 28 February 1858

Coldish ― gray ― not raining. ― Went to church. ― To Shakespeare’s to see his φοτογραφς ((Photographs.)) ― home ― & made  Αλφαϐετς ((Alphabets.)) till 2½.  Then walked with F.L. & Beechey the dog ― thro’ Ποταμὸ to Govino, & all the Curcumely road ― the wild lichen & moss-covered olives so beautiful, to Afra, & so to Alipu, & to the χωρίον ((Village.)) at 6½. ― (Chimariote people on the road ― their queer lingo ― & begging ―

ἔν ὄϐολο ― νά ζήση! ((“One obol ― for life’s sake” (Lear 1988, 127).)) ― may you live!)

Dined at L.’s ― but wearied myself with talk, & when after dinner, in that cold room, he took a good cigar himself from a box at the other end, but offered me none ― & when cafe came ¾ of an hour after, I grew black & silent, & went away at 9½.

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[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Previously published in Lear 1988, 119.]

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2 responses to “Sunday, 28 February 1858

  1. I just wanted to thank you for the continuing posts of Lear’s diaries.

    As a Brit currently domeciled in Corfu I find them a fascinating insight into the British perspective and lifestyle on the island 150 years ago. They also offer a wonderful look at Lear himself, who’s work, both literary and artistic, I enjoy.

    Keep up the good work!

    Belinda

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