Excerpt from Experiences of a Little Traveller
I believe I enjoyed Westminster Abbey rather the best of all. It was like walking through the centuries with the innumerable host of men who were inspired, to find name after name of one's heroes in that quiet Poet's Corner, in such friendly nearness to one another and to me; so sacred is that dim, religious light, wholly shut away from the city's din. It is simply grand.
Is it not a shame that George Eliot is not of the number? I went to her grave in Highgate Cemetery, just out of London. A plain shaft of stone, marked with her 770m deplume above; below, Mary Ann Cross, with age and date, and two lines from one of her poems. Strange graves on either side of her, so close as to touch, not even a curbing between.
My first exclamation was, Where is Lewes? Did they even deny her that? - when I finally discovered his grave behind hers, a little to the left. These English, - the average, - while acknowledging her literary merit and her many generous, unostentatious deeds of human kindness, deny utterly her right to social recognition, or an honored place among the dead, because of her life with Lewes. Poor woman! How well I understand her, even to the second marriage, so deprecated by many of her admirers. She could not help the loneliness, the starvation, after the years of love; and whether the last choice proved substance or shadow, it was made because of the possible peace.
We had the jolliest drives you can imagine in those hansoms, made for only two, but quite comfortable for three such small women as our trio. The view is so um obstructed and speech so free, with cabby up above.
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