RE: [Byron] fortune teller
- Dearest Nancy,
Thomas Moore wrote that a fortune teller told Mrs Byron when B was still a child that he would know a great love and die from poison at a
young age. Moore comments it is common place knowledge that
Byron experienced such a one great love (what a non-chalant commentary on incest - not!) so the fortune teller was proven at least partly true. Gamba's memoir of Byron says B was convinced he would die at his 37th year by poison this is why he was inspired to write "on this day I complete my 36th year". The causes of his death have yet to be diagnosed in a medically sound way.
Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2003 19:48:00 -0400
From: Nancy Mayer <nmayer@...>
Subject: Re: byron's life and times
Has anyone ever come across a story that Mrs. Byron consulted a
fortune teller one year and was told that her son would have a very
bad 37th year?
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- I think Thomas Moore was talking about Teresa G as his great love. I
need a modern printing of Moore's life.
Thomas Moore was mentioned in something I was reading the other day.
The story was that his wife suffered small pox or another
disfiguring disease when Tom was not home and when he returned she
refused to let him see her because she thought she was ugly with pox
marks. He wrote Enduring Young Charms for her then when she thought
she had lost them. The point was that he was not looking at her
exterior and that external beauty was more fleeting than internal.