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The Titanic tragedy

Wednesday, 18 April, 2012

“Lunched at the ‘Thirty’ [London club]. There was much talk of the Titanic tragedy. Lady Dorothy Nevill said that the wreck was a judgement from God on those idle rich people who want all earthly luxuries even on the water. She observed: ‘I am told they even had a garden!'” Diary entry, Marie Belloc Lowndes, 18 April 1912.

Born in 1868, Marie Adelaide Elizabeth Rayner Belloc Lowndes was an English writer most famous for The Lodger, a horror novel based on the Jack the Ripper murders of 1888. The first film version of the book was Alfred Hitchcock’s silent movie The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927), and the most recent was directed by David Ondaatje in 2009. Marie Belloc Lowndes died at the home of her daughter, Countess Iddesleigh, in Hampshire in 1947 and was buried in La Celle-Saint-Cloud near Versailles, where she spent much of her happy youth.


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