Thomas de Quincey

de quinceyIn 1802, on his wanderings through North Wales after leaving school, de Quincey paid a visit to the Ladies of Llangollen.
       Edward Sackville West, in his Thomas de Quincey: His Life and Work (1936), identified Sarah and Eleanor as “clever, eccentric women [who] had severed all connection with their homes and gone to live together in the wilds of Wales, in defiance of public opinion.  Their defiance was highly successful and won them visits from many remarkable people of the time.”

Still looking for the relevant passage.

From a biography, comes this passage:

“Thomas discussed Wordsworth with them [ie, the Ladies of Llangollen], but they were unimpressed, a response that he invariably took as a kind of personal insult. ‘They must have felt a very slight interest in myself,’ he asserted, and ‘I grieve to say that my own feelings were not more ardent towards them.'”

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