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Autobiography of Bertrand Russell 1872- 1914 by Bertrand Russell

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Woke to sleep At last they susI was lying in my was pretending, and one day, as bed, they poked me about. " No one ever discovered why I had pretended to be asleep. I remember an occasion at lunch when all I dismay changed and everybody except me was given an was not allowed an orange as there was an unalterable orange. I conviction that fruit is bad for children. I knew I must not ask the plates were would be impertinent, but as I had been given a did venture to say, "A plate and nothing on it" Every- for one as that plate I body laughed, but I did not get an orange.

I threw snowballs at him when he was driving, thereby endangering the valuable lives of him and his employer. I had another amusement which I much enjoyed. On a Sunday, when the Park was crowded, I would climb to the very top of a large beech tree on the edge of our grounds. There I would hang upside down and scream and watch the discussing how When I saw them a rescue should be effected. [39] crowd gravely The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell Hearing a decision I would get the right way up and quietly come down.

While I was sixteen and seventeen, I read, as far as I can remember, the whole of Milton's poetry, most of Byron, a great deal of Shakespeare, came upon Shelley by accident. One day I was waiting for my Aunt Maude in her sitting-room at Dover Street. I opened it at Alastor, large parts of Tennyson, and finally Shelley. I which seemed Its unreality to me the most beautiful it. I had ever read. my admiration about half-way through when my aunt arrived, had got and I had to put the volume back in the for poem was, of course, the great element in I asked the grownups whether Shelley was not considered a great poet, but found that they thought ill of him.

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