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Time RestoredThe Harrison timekeepers and R.T. Gould, the man who knew (almost) everything$
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Jonathan Betts

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198568025

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568025.001.0001

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The Sette of Odd Volumes

The Sette of Odd Volumes

(p.147) 9 The Sette of Odd Volumes
Time Restored

Jonathan Betts

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the period after the completion of H2's restoration, which proved catastrophic for Gould. Over the previous few years, several factors had contributed to the growing calamity, but the seeds of one were planted back in 1920, and to explain, it is necessary to look at how Rupert Gould's social life had been developing. The fashionable parties attended with Muriel after they were first married were great fun and were enjoyed by both, but they didn't provide the intellectual stimulus that Rupert needed, and he longed for more challenging conversation. Gould became a member of the Sette of Old Volumes, which was one of a number of literary dining clubs flourishing from the end of the 19th century. In the spring of 1924 Gould slipped into another period of depression and life at the Epsom home was becoming increasingly stressful for everyone.

Keywords:   Rupert Gould, Sette of Old Volumes, family life, H4

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