By Sybille Bedford
A Legacy is the story of 2 very diverse households, the Merzes and the Feldens. The Jewish Merzes are longstanding contributors of Berlin’s haute bourgeoisie who count number a chum of Goethe between their exclusive ancestors. no longer that this proud legacy ability a lot of whatever to them anymore. safe of their large city condominium, they commit themselves to little greater than having fun with their comforts and making sure their wealth. The Feldens are landed aristocracy, prosperous yet now not wealthy, from Germany’s Catholic south. After Julius von Felden marries Melanie Merz the fortunes of the 2 households should be surprisingly, certainly fatally, entwined.
Set in the course of the run-up to international conflict I, a time of weirdly mingled complacency and angst, A Legacy is desirable, magnificently humorous, and profound, an unforgettable picture of a doomed lifestyle.
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31 E. M. Forster: A Life affair, moored near Datchet, and for the next year or two the Whichelos, with troops of friends, collected there for uproarious weekends and holidays. Percy ('Pucky Ruby') would be there as host, dispensing champagne and punting and flirting in a fascinating manner. With him would be his favourite brother John, the gentle Adonis- 'queerer of all pitches' and 'collarer of wheezes'- whom all the girls were in love with; and at the weekends came Phil, with his ocarina and bad puns, and Harry, the cigar-smoking 'Pygmy'.
M. Forster: A Life Morgan needed company of his own age, and it was arranged that his cousin Percy, son of Lily's brother Harcourt, 1 should come to live at 'Rooksnest' and share Mr Hervey's lessons. Percy was two years or so older than Morgan. For a while they too got on very well; then, or so Morgan thought, Percy grew tired of him, considering him too much of a baby, and began to tease and rebuff him, being abetted in this by Mr Hervey. Morgan had a solace, however, and this was the garden-boys.
As a child, Forster spent half his days at the farm. He would hasten nervously across the farmyard, which was always full of enormous and ferocious-looking pigs, and would play for hours in the great barns, scampering about and hunting for eggs in the mysterious twilight. In one of the barns lived a machine, with great wheels, for cutting oil-cake and hay. Young Frankie Franklyn used to spread himself out on the wheels and whirl I8 Childhood round like Ixion, while Morgan looked on admiringly, wishing he dared do likewise.