200 years ago Keats learned

On Saturday 20 February 1819 Keats had dinner with his next-door neighbours Charles and Maria Dilke, along with Reynolds and Rice. They dined on grouse provided by Mrs Isabella Jones. An innocent comment in his letter to George and Georgiana Keats concealed how his life was about to be turned upside-down:

“Dilke has lately been very much harrassed about the manner of educating his son—he at length decided for a public school—and then he did not know what school—he at last has decided for Westminster; and as Charley is to be a day boy, Dilke will remove to Westminster.”

The crucial change was that Mrs Brawne and family (notably his beloved Fanny Brawne) would move in to Dilke’s side of Wentworth Place.

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