|Edward Frederic Benson (1867-1940)|
| "Henry James died in 1916. I had been to Rye once or twice since the first visit I paid him there, staying with an old friend Lady Maud Warrender in her house at Leasam...a mile outside the town."
"With Henry James's death I supposed that Lamb House itself would concern me no more, but in the preordained decrees of fate..., it began at once to concern me more closely."
|"The house was let to an American lady, and she, being obliged to winter in the South, left her housekeeper there, and...a...friend of mine...asked me to share his tenancy. I had war work to do in London, but|
|a morning train there on Monday and an afternoon train back to Rye on Friday gave me week-ends in the house which I had imagined I should never enter again. Lamb House began faintly to assume a home-like aspect... The remainder of the lease was offered to me: I could not take it, for I was already co-lessee of the Villa Cercola at Capri..., but this offer seemed a sort of nudge, an aside, on the part of Fate, to indicate that she was attending, and meant that Lamb House was coming nearer. I passed the offer on to a friend of mine, who accepted it.|
|. . . Simultaneously [to the lease in Capri being terminated], Tremans was given up and my friend, to whom I had passed on Lamb House wanted...to spend his winters on the Riviera. Would I therefore consider taking a sub-lease from October til the end of March? I did not require much time for consideration." (from Final Edition by E.F. Benson, 1940, pp.141-143 in the 1988 Hogarth reprint)|
|Once Elizabeth Mapp was set up "behind the curtains of the Garden Room, spying on her friends," and Rye became Tilling . . . perhaps "another preposterous woman, Lucia of Riseholme, who already had a decent and devout following, and who was as dominant as Mapp, might come into contact|
|with her some day... I began to invent a new set of characters who should revolve round these two women, fussy and eager and alert and preposterous. . . . But one had to get a firm hold of Elizabeth Mapp first. Lucia I knew." (Benson, pp.162-163)|
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