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The Marquess of QueensberryWilde's Nemesis$
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Linda Stratmann

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300173802

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300173802.001.0001

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(p.189) Chapter 15 Catastrophe
The Marquess of Queensberry

Linda Stratmann

Yale University Press

This chapter elaborates on the various aspects of the catastrophe faced by Queensberry, who had taken Labouchère's advice and was trying to wash his hands of Bosie. Made miserable by events in London, Queensberry felt a need to get away and headed off to Scotland, staying at Glen Stuart. He had become reconciled to Percy's marriage and sent him an affectionate letter with a small cheque. Francis's death was almost certainly suicide and by the same method his grandfather had chosen. There is the tantalizing hint from his nephew that Francis was highly nervous. The eleventh Marquess had never met Francis, but the obvious source of this information was his father, Percy. The eldest son of warring parents, the much doted-upon favorite of his mother, whose smothering affections had transferred to his younger brother, Bosie, might well have been sensitive and eager to win approval.

Keywords:   Queensberry, catastrophe, Bosie, Francis, affection, suicide

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