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friday 12th june 1874



"Bathing yesterday and today. Yesterday the sea was very calm, but the wind has changed to the East and this morning a rough and troublesome sea came tumbling into the bay and plunging in foam upon the shore. The bay was full of white horses. At Shanklin one has to adopt the detestable custom of bathing in drawers. If ladies don't like to see men naked why don't they keep away from the sight? Today I had a pair of drawers given me which I could not keep on. The rough waves stripped them off and tore them down round my ankles. While thus fettered I was seized and flung down by a heavy sea which retreating suddenly left me lying naked on the sharp shingle from which I rose streaming with blood. After this I took the wretched and dangerous rag off and of course there were some ladies looking on as I came up out of the water."
francis kilvert (1840-1879)


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the_sea_the_sea
May. 22nd, 2005 08:19 pm (UTC)
that's beautiful.
tamar
May. 24th, 2005 07:42 am (UTC)
i know. i found this little piece online.
another title to put on the already long list of books to look out for..
1punky4u
May. 25th, 2005 02:40 am (UTC)
I think i have read that, or maybe heard it read, or....

Damn, right, put it on the list...
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