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Another episode noted by the young Laurence, a future political agitator, suggests that sexual disapproval (to the pure all things are impure) could combine with class-consciousness to form an unattractive insensitivity to the feelings of others: As regards work and wages, the servants got decent treatment, but very little liberty . . We had a married cook, whose husband had work at such a distance that they could see each other but seldom. One day he came, and his wife asked leave to stay out with him for the night.

During the holidays he continued to visit the Wise family, and a photograph taken in about 1874 shows a fancy-dress group: Fraulein Becker as the Queen of the Night, and Alfred as (of all things) an Archbishop, as well as his brother Basil and the two Wise sisters, Edith and Minnie. During the Christmas holidays at the beginning of 1875 he paid what was probably his first visit to London - a reminder how selfcontained provincial life could be even in the railway age. He saw the usual sights, 'but I think,' he wrote to his stepmother in his earliest surviving letter, 'of all I have seen, what has most A Worcestershire Lad 25 impressed me is - the Guards.

Butcher, who published in that year his translation (with Andrew Lang) of the Odyssry, and Francis de Paravicini, a friend and Balliol contemporary ofG. M. Hopkins and one of the first Roman Catholics to become, under the liberalized statutes, a college fellow. His success earned Housman an addition of ten pounds to the amount of his scholarship. Earlier, in his second term, Housman had competed for the Hertford Scholarship in Latin. Since this was open to both firstand second-year undergraduates, it is not clear why he should have attempted it after only six months at Oxford, unless it is a sign that he was regarded as exceptionally promising.

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