From Ellen Frances Lubbock [1867–8?]1
Dear Mr. Darwin
When you spoke of studying expression, I fancied you meant that of feature— It occurs to me that you may allude to forms of speech: but however, in case my first idea was right, I have turned down a page of “Adam Bede” which may interest you, if you had forgotten it—2 It is painful to feel that one can only be referred to as a student of works of fiction— but after a dose of Relationships, one requires a “halfpenny worth of bread to all that sack”.3 And at any rate, the line I have taken in literature is thoroughly novel.
It was such a pleasure to see you & Mrs. Darwin this morning. If you knew how great, I think you would come oftener.
Believe me yours most truly | Ellen Lubbock
Page 132.4 I have put a cross.
Has marked a page from Adam Bede which may be relevant to CD’s work on expression.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7065,” accessed on 26 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7065