By H.P. Lovecraft
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S. Army. Olga also played a beneﬁt concert at Hamilton Hall for the blinded soldiers and sailors of St. Dunstan’s Hospital with thoughts of her absent brothers. Teddy was then at Romford awaiting discharge. After nine months in the German hospital, he had been sent back to England in an exchange of prisoners as a grand blessé, having lost one eye. It ﬁrst appeared that he might lose an arm, but the wound healed after a long period of recuperation. His wartime experience and su√ering reinforced his determination to become a doctor.
One can imagine the conﬂict in the psyche of the unawakened young girl, strictly raised by a Catholic mother and educated by the nuns in the Sherborne convent. With ominous war clouds on the horizon, the halcyon days were drawing to a close. In the summer of 1914, at the onset of the vacances, Julia sent the boys ahead to the cottage at Saint Cécile. She and Olga were still planning to join them when she wrote from Paris: ‘‘There is no letter from America yet, and I am very anxious . . this war scare is dreadful.
Julia complained that her daughter would ruin her eyesight with the ‘‘desultory reading’’ that became a lifetime compulsion. ‘‘All of my life, I never lacked any of the good things money cannot buy. . We had such a good time, we never felt the need of it. . it was often thought of, but only when it was not there. Our innocent snobberies were a great salve to our pride. We had no roller skates, but we could all speak French . . my mother sang on the concert stage and got bouquets. . The marvel of it is the courage with which she kept to her standards .