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24191Re: [mythsoc] . . . or maybe he didn't.

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  • scribblerworks
    Mar 29 10:19 PM
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      I'm not inclined to think that Lewis was cavalier about Williams'
      condition. It's not like he really lived in Williams' pocket. I expect he
      was straightforwardly busy with his own work, and didn't realize how
      serious things were with Williams.

      I have recent personal experience of such: last year a friend had
      developed a bad respiratory ailment. His closest friends (very close, he
      was the godfather for their children) were content with him telling them
      he was going to the doctor to have it checked out. He didn't tell them the
      gist of it. The wife, knowing he was ill, but not thinking it terribly
      serious, stopped by on the Monday, and discovered him having a hard time
      breathing. She carted him off to the ER, where it was discovered his
      oxygen levels were disasterously low, as he had an advanced case of
      pneumonia. Unfortunately, he did not recover. This was a shock to everyone
      who knew him - many of whom had seen him just the week before he went to

      The best way to gage it is to ask yourself when the last time was that you
      spoke to your best friend, or a specific valued colleague, or a relative.
      I know in my case that I don't touch base with these people in my own life
      every day.


      > Looks 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.
      > --JDR
      > On Mar 28, 2013, at 2:30 AM, WendellWag@... wrote:
      >> Just like Elvis. . . and Liberace . . . and Philip K. Dick (well, his
      >> twin sister died at five weeks). And that shouldn't be surprising,
      >> since they're all . . . um . . . um . . . Could someone fill in
      >> something here?
      >> So, today I found out that Charles Williams was a twin, but his infant
      >> sibling did not survive.
      >> That seems to me to be a stunning thing not to know about someone,
      >> particularly someone I've read a good deal about and written on as well.
      >> Is this something that's well known in Wms circles and I just somehow
      >> always missed it?
      >> I also learned what Wms died of -- that is, what he'd gone in to have
      >> the operation for, which most accounts had been oddly vague on. Now that
      >> I know it was for "recurrence of intussusception", leading to "acute
      >> intestinal obstruction". Who knew?
      >> --JDR
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