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Famous couples: Beatrice and Sidney Webb

Wood, Laura (2011) Famous couples: Beatrice and Sidney Webb. The Thinking Housewife blog.

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Abstract

"Sidney Webb the socialist dined here to meet the Booths. A remarkable little man with a huge head on a very tiny body … somewhat unkempt, spectacles and a bourgeois black coat shiny with wear; somewhat between a London card and a German professor. His pronunciation is cockney, his H’s are shaky, his attitudes by no means elegant — with his thumbs fixed pugnaciously in a far from immaculate waistcoat, with is bulky head thrown back and his little body forward, he struts even when he stands, delivering himself with an extraordinary rapidity of thought and utterance and with an expression of inexhaustible self-complacency." Beatrice Potter wrote these words in her diary the day of her first extended meeting with Sidney Webb in February, 1890 over dinner with others at the Devonshire House Hotel in London. The wealthy heiress, already considered a spinster at 32, was not entirely repulsed by this déclassé figure, the son of a Leicester hairdresser. She added to the above: "But I like the man. There is a directness of speech – an open-mindedness and imaginative warm-heartedness – which should carry him far." - introductory parargraph.

Item Type: Other
Additional Information: Posted by Laura Wood January 18, 2011. Continued in her blog on 20 January 2011, linked to in the second thinkinghousewife.com link above.
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CT Biography
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 11 May 2017 11:50
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 12:04
URI: http://webbs.library.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/897

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