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TCG Letter #1423 / Carpenter Letter #137a

J.R.R. Tolkien
Norman and Lena Davis
21 April 1953
Tolkien writing to Norman and Lena Davis begins by saying that he does not know how to call Davis, now that he has spent time with him and ate his “bread”. He has sent flowers using Interflora in the hope it will show he is not a bigot. He hoped that his delivery of the lecture in Glasgow had gone better.

While on his return he met and befriended a mother and daughter who he had welcomed to his carriage, and thus they were not made to pay first class. They liked him, but the daughter could not understand him. He says that the latter is common, the former not very much.
The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide - Chronology (2017), p. 452 (entry for ?16 or 17 April 1953)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: with Pearl and Sir Orfeo, The W.P. Ker Lecture can be read in this 2021 paperback.
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 257-8, p. 633 (notas de Carpenter)

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