On Friday 1 January 1819 Keats dined at Elm Cottage. In his letter to George and Georgiana Keats he seems to be trying to persuade them (or himself) how immune he was to Fanny Brawne’s charms:
“Mr. and Mrs. D[ilke] and myself dined at Mrs. Brawne’s — nothing particular passed. I never intend hereafter to spend any time with ladies unless they are handsome — you lose time to no purpose.”
1 January 2019 — have you got your John Keats Bicentenary Diary? Copies are still available at Keats House in Hampstead. Price £15.