Roseland Cottage

A little rum

How did Clarence do with his temperance promise? “We had a little “Rum” in Lathe’s room last evening,” Clarence tells his diary. None of Bowen’s children except for John who drank “only for medicinal purposes” lived up to Bowen’s high standards. It was, he  wrote, “a total and wanton disrespect of my wishes,” and left him “a broken hearted father.”