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  • John Henderson
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Abstract

Ernest, Florence, and Babs rented 23 Taviton Street—some 300 yards from the back door of UCL—and moved there in March 1920. The family may not have been well-off, but they kept a cook. Florence makes it sound a cozy family ménage, describing herself and Ernest as “Darby and Joan” with music around the piano in the evenings. (“Darby and Joan” is slang for a close couple; the expression originally described chains that shackled two prisoners together.) Ernest was feeling stronger, and as some of his energy returned, he began taking dancing lessons. He took Babs to the dansants, which were all the rage. There were even occasions—charitable events, organized by Florence—when the Starling and bayliss families all went to dances to-gether (though it is not easy to imagine William bayliss fox-trotting).

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