• 7th June 1818

    Thinking that Miss Browne, her current ‘crush’ was avoiding her, Anne wrote: “‘Tis well, I deserve it. Miss Browne is right ... I will think no more of her ... and make myself scarce to everyone, determined to devote myself solely to study & the acquirement of that literature which may make me eminent & more decidedly above them all hereafter ... My mind was intent on these reflections as I walked along & I resolved to stick diligently to my watchword – discretion, & next to good, to devote myself to study.”

Anne Lister leaves Paris – and her lover, Maria Barlow

On 31st March 1825 Anne left Paris leaving her distraught lover, Maria Barlow, with whom she had been conducting an affair. ‘…She clung round me at the last & when I wanted to go, saying staying did no good, ‘Oh, no’, said she, ‘stay till the last minute.’ She said she should go to bed immediately. She sobbed convulsively & as I went out of one door she hurried out of that into her own room (from the drawing room)… She said she would watch my pendule & think it spoke to her of me when it struck, particularly at the half-hour, that one little beat.’

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