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Leo and IM have a brief affair. One evening, IM is seen going into Doug Lowe’s rooms; in despair Frank returns to his parents’ house on Boar’s Hill and digs up a bed of irises. A 22-line poem by IM appears in the Cherwell magazine. IM has a 28-line poem in two stanzas, ‘Oxford Lament’, printed in Oxford Forward. ’ 17 A response to IM’s Irish article by Derrick Brooman from Queen’s College in the Cherwell argues (to IM’s annoyance) that IM herself, on the evidence of her surname, must actually be only Scots-Irish.

She says that she wants to marry him and have his children, while at the same time admitting that she has received so much adoration in all her other relationships that she is generally confident, even arrogant, but that with him she always feels insecure. 1945–1946 41 She has found a copy of William Faulkner’s Sanctuary, which she describes as excellent and has also just read his Absalom, which she sees as powerfully tragic but with fewer purple passages. Faulkner, she tells Hicks, sharpens her own zest for writing.

1939 13 (end) April 5 27 May 13 19 June 3 Great Britain and France extend a guarantee to protect the borders of Poland against invasion. During the Easter holidays, IM and James Henderson Scott sail to Belfast on the ‘Duke of Lancaster’ and spend time with IM’s family and friends. During the stay they climb the tower of Queen’s University and tie a friend’s pyjamas to the flagpole. IM witnesses her first operation at the Royal Victoria Hospital where James is a medical student. They quarrel over Christianity and Communism (James is a Roman Catholic convert) but remain friends.

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