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The Death of Beatrix Potter

Candyce Byrne

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Copyright 2011 Candyce Byrne

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The Death of Beatrix Potter

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The Death of Beatrix Potter

Beatrix, her mind in riot, knelt in the ranunculus bed by the corner of the cottage. What is there about war, she thought, that makes one want to tidy up? She went on ripping out exhausted foliage and tossing it in a green-brown pile on the grass behind her.

It was a letter from a friend in London, full of details of the destruction of Hamburg by Allied bombers, that had driven her to such distraction. Such waste! Such incredible human stupidity! She had hurried out into the garden before William, old fussbudget, could shake his head and say, “Bee, you oughtn’t do such things at your age. Let Mr Cannon do the weeding.”

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