24186. . . or maybe he didn't.
- Mar 29, 2013Looks like THE DICTIONARY OF NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY (2004, v. 59, p.146) is wrong about Charles Williams being the survivor of a pair of twins. Dug out my copy of Hadfield today and find it's his father, not Wms himself, who was a twin. Hadfield also identifies Wms' specific ailment (intussusception) for which he had the two operations (in 1933, which he recovered from, and 1945, when he didn't).Which raises a second, probably unanswerable question: why were Lewis et al so cavalier about Wms' hospitalization that none of them even bothered to go by and see him in the days between his hospitalization and death? Lewis is emphatic about how utterly surprised he was by Wms' death, but you'd think a man in his mid-fifties being rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, his wife being sent for, etc. wd have set off a few alarm bells. Was Lewis simply that clueless about health matters? Given his wrecking his own health and bringing about his own early death by his refusal to get his prostate treated, and comments he makes about his wife's remission, I'm inclined to think so. Or maybe everybody was just distracted by the end of the War.--JDROn Mar 28, 2013, at 2:30 AM, WendellWag@... wrote:
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