Saturday, April 30, 2022
A Little Grey Rabbit's Tale... Alison Uttley and Margaret Tempest.
"stream of bile" these were then linked, rightly or wrongly, to the far darker facts of her life. Thus private words which had never been written for public airing appeared to be incriminating evidence with which to condemn the perpetrator, not just as a "prize cow" with a "vicious heart", but far worse still. Granted, Uttley’s literary gifts and remaining personal qualities were also clearly highlighted, but not until damning associations had effectively carried out a hachet job on her name. For indeed, no amount of the magical, flowery images of Uttley’s creation could ever counter the weight of these ghastly charges ; if accusations of bullying, baiting and incest were bad enough, the implication that she effectively drove both husband and son to suicide is final.