I found a treasure again. A Strange Eventful History tells the story of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and their remarkable families. It will be a long read and I’m not certain when I will finish. The problem with time is that there is never enough to go around. Here is the first lines of the first chapter:
“On the night of 10 october 1868, after the curtain came down, a twenty-one-year-old actress left one of London’s theatres, stepped into the dark streets and disappeared. None of her family knew where she was. In her bedroom at Kentish Town they came across a photograph of the artist. G.F. Watts to which she had pinned a message: “Found Drowned.” This was the title of a painting by Watts of a destitute young girl who had thrown herself into the river. Why had she left such a haunting message, if that is what it was, and what did it mean?”
You have to admit, you want to know the rest of the story. You have three options: 1) wait for my comments and 2) buy the book 3) check out the library. My suggestion is not to wait.