Painting With The Girls 170
June 18, 2016
Day 170 (196 days to go)
Beatrix Potter was in constant communication with Norman Warne as she put the finishing touches on her two books, Tiggy-Winkle and The Pie. By July 25, 1905, she wrote to Norman giving him the address to the vacation house where she and her parents were to spend the rest of the summer. She was quite sure Norman would propose to her soon and that her parents would not approve. Her brother Bertram had been a good example for Beatrix as to how difficult her parents were. He had been married for three years and still had had not told his parents yet. That secret would be kept for another seven years.
On July 27, Norman proposed and Beatrix accepted. Needless to say, her parents were shocked that she would be engaged to someone in a ‘trade business’. Beatrix had been an agreeable daughter all her life, so she went along with her parents plan to make no formal announcement.
She and Norman exchanged rings and promised to keep the engagement secret for the time being. Beatrix left for her summer vacation and Norman traveled for his work.
At the end of August, Norman returned from Manchester very ill, and Beatrix was informed that she should visit him, as he was very sick. Beatrix immediately interrupted the family vacation and traveled London, but Norman had already died. She attended the burial, and later wrote in her diary that it probably was better she had not seen him suffer. Norman Warne died of lymphatic leukemia at age 37, exactly a month after he proposed to Beatrix.