23rd September

In September 1890 he was thinking about the seaside, and whether he wanted to be at school. In a letter to his mother sent from Kent House school, the young Forster devotes time to 'limpets and lots of crabs’, to 'rocks, shingle, and sand’, and swimming lessons: 'they made me dip my head, which I did not like’. At the end of the letter he opens up a bit more: 'I think I will tell you I am not happy. What with the moving and other things it makes me feel bad.’ (Source: Selected Letters of E.M. Forster, ed. Mary Lago and P.N. Furbank (London: Collins, 1983-1985), letter of late September 1890)

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