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2 September 1931

Barrie making a speech at the unveiling of Thomas Hardy's statue in Dorchester, 2 September 1931: "Well ladies and gentlemen, you mustn’t make any noise, or the weather will find out that something untoward has happened. When the child Hardy was born, the doctor thought he was dead, and dropped him into a basket. That was an anxious moment, if we had known it, for our country. But a woman stepped forward to make sure, and found that he was alive. If Mr Kennington had chosen to give us a statue of that woman, he wouldn’t have gone far amiss." [soundtrack from video clip]



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