To my utter astonishment--for I was not yet accustomed to the action of the Watch "all smiles ceased', (as Browning
says) on the four pretty faces, and they all got out pieces of needle-work, and sat down.
McCay knew Ella Wheeler Wilcox by heart, and could take Browning
whose "Lettres a une Inconnue" was one of his inseparables), of Thackeray, Browning
or William Morris.
He moved in the most intellectual circles: he read Browning
with enthusiasm and turned up his well-shaped nose at Tennyson; he knew all the details of Shelley's treatment of Harriet; he dabbled in the history of art (on the walls of his rooms were reproductions of pictures by G.
used to say that every great man has Jewish blood in him, and we must try to look at it in that light.
Beowulf to Browning
," she repeated, "I think that is the kind of title which might catch one's eye on a railway book-stall.