Autobiography of Bertrand Russell 1872- 1914 by Bertrand Russell

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Who was very Scotch. He used to take me on his knee and read me accounts of railway accidents in the newspaper. " Then there was a French cook named Mi- who was rather terrifying, but in spite of her aweinspiring qualities I could not resist going to the kitchen to see the roast meat turning on the old-fashioned spit, and to steal chaud, lumps of salt, which I liked better than sugar, out of the salt box. She would pursue me with a carving knife, but I always escaped easily. Out-of-doors there was a gardener named MacRobie, of whom I remember little, years old, and the lodge-keeper and his wife, * when was five Mr.

The Autobiography old I was handed over of Bertrand Russell to a kindergarten, which finally suc- ceeded in teaching me the difficult art of reading. When I was six or seven she took me in hand again and taught me English me very much indeed, of what she taught me. Constitutional history. This interested and I remember to this day much I still possess the little book in which I wrote down her questions and answers, both dictated. A few samples will illustrate the point of view. Q. What did Henry II and Thomas Becket quarrel about?

I did not, of course, know that felt of unhappiness, as I from a Victorian point of view there was ample grandmother's face was very expressive, her experience of the great world she never learned the art of concealing her emotions. I noticed that any for them. ground and in spite of My all spasm of anguish, and I specuwas only many years later that I allusion to insanity caused her a lated much as to the reason. It discovered she had a son in an asylum. He was in a smart regi- ment, and went mad after a few years of it.

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