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But Galsworthy, with his lucidity, could not indulge for a moment in such illusory hopes. As his diary shows, he was immediately so upset that his inspiration, one of his greatest vital forces, was imperilled: 'August 6 . ' 2s Aspects of Galsworthy's Life 31 A little over three months later, on 15 November, he wrote: The heart searchings of theW ar are terrible; the illumination of oneself rather horrible. I think and think what is my duty, and all the time know that if I arrived at certain conclusions I shouldn't do that duty.
Fréchet, John Galsworthy © Alec Fréchet 1982 40 Galsworthy the Man Sauter told me that they were triggered by the sight of cruelty to a human being or an animal. It is this kind of rage that governs the narrator of the story 'The Black Godmother'. Galsworthy's temperament was not sentimental, as has been claimed, but emotional. There is a vast difference between the sentimental and the emotional. Not that there was nothing sentimental about Galsworthy, but it was far outweighed by his emotional side.
After his death, they learnt of his liaison with his cousin's wife, and their subsequent marriage. Yet even this knowledge of the intimate facts still did not betray his secret, for they were only its outward manifestations. Even those closest to him, who held him in the greatest affection, did not really understand what lay inside him. Perhaps with the lapse of time, it is possible to see him more clearly today. His temperament made it impossible for him to withdraw into 49 A. Fréchet, John Galsworthy © Alec Fréchet 1982 50 Galsworthy the Man the ivory tower that his financial resources could have made available.