A Frightened Heart
This chapter deepens a period of disappointed love, homelessness, serious illness, and continued writing in her life. Having abandoned the fantasy that Bowen’s Court would shelter her and Charles Ritchie, Bowen bought a modest house in Hythe, a return to her childhood landscape, a period in which she finished The Little Girls (1964), “A Nativity Play” with Derek Hill, and Eva Trout (1966). Her work was interrupted with a serious bout of bronchitis and radium treatments for lung cancer, yet she struggled to complete part of her memoir, Pictures and Conversations before her death in 1973. Her memorial in Farahy Church reawakened rifts in Irish society.