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Alone in my bedroom that night, and recalling the happenings of my first full day at Spade House, I wondered how many little English boys or girls were as lucky as Gip and Frank. Fortunate indeed were the children who had an adoring and pretty mother, I told myself, and a father young enough to join in their fun, patient enough to answer their numerous questions truthfully, ever anxious to see them happy, and send them laughing to bed with an amusing 'Bedtime Picture'. After Frank's birthday party on October 31st, French and German lessons began in earnest for both the little Wellses.

In fact, I believe all three of them enjoyed the storm from the beginning to the end. I think I am right in saying that Mr. Wells's favourite outdoor exercise at Spade House was walking. G. WELLS AND HIS FAMILY Mrs. Wells thought nothing of going for a ten to fifteen mile tramp through the Kentish countryside, which the author knew and loved so well. Mr. Wells's most helpful recreation indoors was undoubtedly the pianola. He would perhaps write arduously for two hours or so, and then suddenly break off, to find inspiration in the works of Beethoven, Wagner, Bach, Liszt, Tchaikovski and other great masters.

She stopped short, faced me, and said with a captivating smile: "Now, Mr. "' And Mr. ' One morning at breakfast at Spade House, Mr. Wells, who was looking very smart in urban clothes, said to me: 'To-day I shall be present at a luncheon given in honour of a notable Frenchman- sixty-five years of age, with a greying beard. Guess who he is. ' I easily guessed; it was to Anatole France of course that Mr. Wells was referring. 9 In Experiment in Autobiography, written in 1934, Mr. Wells says that he and Mr.

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