“The loss of a sister”*

*Chapter Twenty-One of Penelope Fitzgerald’s Charlotte Mew and Her Friends (1984):

“Sydney Cockerell, calling round on the 10th of January (1927), found her dressed and sitting by the fire. “Assuming the doctors to be right in saying that Anne had but three months to live, I urged that she should be allowed to do as she pleased about going out, whatever the risk.” On his advice, Anne was removed at the beginning of February from Professor Browne’s responsibility and taken to the Etoile in Charlotte Street, which had rooms to let above the restaurant, and was only a few doors away from the studio. Sydney liked to have his advice taken, and perhaps he was right in this instance, for it was almost like bringing Anne home. The Etoile itself was at that time a medium-priced Italian restaurant, favoured by publishers and their readers and writers of the unassuming sort. There was a cheerful noise, a sound of singing and a smell of cooking, and Charlotte stayed with Anne all day…

Edith Oliver was there to offer help…Professor Oliver had retired from Kew, and the family was living at 2 The Grove, Isleworth, but in the same sober Quakerish surroundings, with the same agreeable drawings by Arthur Hughes on the walls…”

From: Fitzrovia, The Other Side of Oxford Street: A Social History 1900-1950 (2019), by Ann Basu:

“L’Etoile Restaurant, run by Frank Rossi, opened in 1906 at 30, Charlotte Street, and also lasted for decades.”

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