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He tended to teach the best pupils 'exclusively'. Mr Lawrence, it concludes, 'is fastidious in taste, and while working splendidly at anything that interests him would perhaps easily tire amid the tedium and discouragements of the average classroom. ' Lawrence made up his mind that he would not accept any teaching post at less than £90 a year; he had to wait until October until he found one. In July he helped with the farming at Greasley, as he had done the previous year, when he translated from Virgil's Georgics to Alan Chambers, Jessie's eldest brother, as they thatched the stacks.

Murry, who had become editor of The Athenaeum, invited him to contribute. 3-6). Murry's later rejection of 'Adolf' seemed to Lavn-ence another sign of his unreliability. At the end of their year's lease, the Lawrences returned to Hermitage. Edward Marsh sent him £20 from the Rupert Brooke memorial fund, and Lawrence thought of living in America, where his publisher would arrange for him to lecture. He had thought of going to Palestine with Dr Eder. By the end of June, when the peace treaty with Germany was concluded, Amy Lowell had convinced the Lawrences that America was not ready for them.

They spent Christmas with Ada at Ripley, and then stayed four months in poverty at Hermitage. He continued working on his American essays and Aaron's Rod. The country around Hermitage reminded him of The Woodlanders, 'all woods and hazel-copses, and tiny little villages that will sleep for ever'. He wished he were a fox or bird when the question of taking another house arose; 'but my ideal now is to have a caravan and a horse, and move on for ever, and never have a neighbour. This is a real after-thewar ideal.

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