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A tragic wedding?

tragic weddingThe newspapers had a field day on 11th March 1902, ‘announcing the simultaneous announcements’ in The Times of the breaking-off of the engagement between Olive Custance and George Montaigu and the “quiet” marriage of Olive Custance and Lord Alfred Douglas.

And so, with the minimum of ceremony, Lord Alfred Douglas, suggestively described as having recently produced “some weak imitations of Oscar Wilde’s poetry” married the “tall brunette, with an intellectual face” whose “crowing glory is her hair which is chestnut colored” and whose poems follow “the lines laid down by Eileen Thronycroft Fowler and John Oliver Hobbes.”

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