An unfinished autobiography by Gilbert Murray

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That explains the pains taken over the library. He read a great deal. He eagerly sought the company of the few men of gentlemanly manners and education who could be found. He actually made a point of dressing for dinner. Otherwise, Aubrey used to tell me, a bushman might fall into the habit of neither dressing nor washing, nor shaving in the morning, nor even undressing for bed. A passage in the journal notes the great impression made on him by the sight of an English lady, a rare bird in those regions.

He was determined not to let all his education waste away. He had an arrangement with some friend in London or Dublin to send out to him the most interesting or important books of the year. The packing cases took over three months on the voyage; the letters ordering them had taken another three months or more, and the last hundred miles were by bullock wagon. And thereby also hangs a tale. He found that these precious books were being stolen and sold in a pub in Goulburn for a drink of spirits.

She gave Huby five shillings, which she had promised him on his last birthday. ' The last sentence shows, I think, that my brother Hubert was rather an unusual boy. And my mother's note taken together with my father's gives some picture of our family as we were in Sydney in the year '68 and after. We were none of us exactly eccentric except Leila; but we had, I suppose, certain common characteristics due to our birth and upbringing. In later life, when after long separations two of us happened to meet, we nearly always found ourselves in agreement about current controversies.

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