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In London I regarded myself as very much indeed a graduate now–one whom no Soames could ruffle. He never sought to propitiate his fellow-writers, never bated a jot of his arrogance about his own work or of his contempt for theirs.

I was miserably aware, as I passed the devil, that I nodded and smiled to him. John Adcock 1 A. It was wonderful to have written a enoc. My name wasn’t in the index, but–yes!

They followed me about, at a distance, wherever I went. Beerbohm is shocked and denies that he would ever write such a thing.

He knew Daudet and the Goncourts. Views Read Edit View history. Was there, I wondered, any substance at all? I agreed that the act of creation was its own reward. Eben if it was Teller who staged the event, it was a touching tribute to the story and to a sad individual who wanted so badly to know what people would think a hundred years on that he sacrificed eternity to do so. I’ve only been there once. A preliminary version may often be posted for suggestion, comment and editing by those who wish to do so.


Your name and fame–Mr. Soames had been called away, and that both he and I would be dining here.

I asked him if he often read here. Fame had breathed on him. And that is how I heard of the story. Imagine eternal torment presided over by HIM! Failure, if it be a plain, unvarnished, complete failure, and even though it be a squalid failure, has always a certain dignity.

Might I take a liberty? He was a stooping, shambling person, rather tall, very pale, with longish and brownish hair. The Project gratefully accepts contributions in enocy, time, scanning machines, Soxmes software, public domain etexts, royalty free copyright licenses, and every other sort of contribution you can think of.

Enoch Soames, unpublished photograph by Frederick Evans

Soames’s disappearance made no stir at all. So much so that it ench been ignored completely by a mainstream press made too cynical by the success of “The da Vinci Code” to know how to handle her extraordinary claims.

I had read “L’Apres-midi d’un faune” without extracting a glimmer of meaning; yet Mallarme, of course, was a master. This waistcoat wasn’t wrong merely because of the heat, either.


I attracted a great deal of attention. The son of a bookseller from Prestonliving off an inherited annuity, he is ennoch utterly obscure, forgettable aspiring poet in the Decadent manner. I remember the sound of carpenters’ hammers all along Piccadilly and the bare chaotic look of the half-erected “stands. But–well, one is so used to nodding and smiling in the street to anybody whom one knows that the action becomes almost independent of oneself; to prevent it requires a very sharp effort and great presence of mind.

He’d never think of looking for you in Calais. A Conte,” about a midinette who, so far as I could gather, murdered, or was about to murder, a mannequin. Nupton, publishd bi th Stait, A dead man can’t read the books that are written about him.

Enoch Soames

I had a suspicion, I had a certainty. In other words, anyone in the Round Reading Room of the British Museum at ten past two on June 3,would be able to verify Beerbohm’s memoir, and see an authentic, guaranteed, proven ghost.

It wouldn’t have done on Christmas morning.