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Q&A with Andrew Birkin #12


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Q&A with Andrew Birkin #12

Unread postby Liz » Sun Sep 26, 2004 12:04 pm

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When Peter wrote in “the Morgue” why did he say he destroyed so many letters because they were “too much”. I think these are the ones Barrie wrote to the boys. What did he mean by “too much”?

AB: A question to which I have never found an answer. Nico had absolutely no idea why he’d destroyed them. One can only presume that Peter, in a fit of melancholy, found the whole duet too painful for words, and simply burned the lot. One letter escaped the flames – quite by chance I found it among Barrie’s letters to Nico (which had always been in Nico’s possession) and quote on p278 – I take it to be entirely typical.
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Unread postby scarlett » Sun Sep 26, 2004 7:39 pm

I hadn't thought about it before but maybe Peter couldn't stand to read the letters in retrospect of knowing that Michael likely committed suicide. I wonder if there were any hints as to his state of mind that went unnoticed. I guess we'll never know.

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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Sun Sep 26, 2004 9:04 pm

That has been my question too, Scarlett. I wondered if it was just "too much" for Peter to read Michael's words after he died or if there was some hint of instability and unhappiness.
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