In this garden behind the house there was no attempt to construct a Shakespearian plot, for, as she so rightly observed, Shakespeare, who loved flowers so well, would wish her to enjoy every conceivable horticultural treasure. But furniture played a prominent part in the place, and there were statues and sundials and stone-seats scattered about with almost too profuse a hand. Mottos also were in great evidence, and while a sundial reminded you that “Tempus fugit” an enticing resting-place somewhat bewilderingly bade you to “Bide a wee.” But then again the rustic seat in the pleached alley of laburnums had carved on its back, “Much have I travelled in the realms of gold,” so that, meditating on Keats, you could bide a wee with a clear conscience.

from Queen Lucia, by E. F. Benson (1920)
The Benson  brothers (left to right): Arthur, Hugh, Fred, 1907
Edward Frederick Benson was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist and short story writer, known professionally as E.F. Benson. His friends called him Fred. His most known work is a series of novels known as  Mapp and Lucia books

The Benson  brothers (left to right): Arthur, Hugh, Fred, 1907

Edward Frederick Benson was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist and short story writer, known professionally as E.F. Benson. His friends called him Fred. His most known work is a series of novels known as  Mapp and Lucia books

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