A great,a hardly bearable disaster has overtaken R.G.His Peter has been taken from him by the terrible old mother who has been nosing around and reading all his letters.So terribly has she been shocked at finding quotations from Samuel Butler and Carpenter and people in them and at such signatures as 'ever yours affectionately,Robert' and 'best love,R' that she has extracted a promise from the poor lad that he will have nothing to do with me till he leaves Ch'house.Complications too long to enumerate leave no loopholes of evasion for either of us,so I am now widowed,laid waste and disolate.However,Peter in his last letter said that he'd never forget me and after these few years all will be as before:and perhaps he'll be able to rebel sooner,and it's better than him being killed anyhow.--from a letter to Sasson,27 May 1916
In 1915, however, Graves's faith in his friend's purity was badly shaken when his cousin Gerald wrote form the school to say that Peter was 'not at all the innocent fellow I took him for, but as bad as anyone could be'.
A few weeks later, a letter from Johnstone arrived to reassure him. It was ture, he admited, that he had been 'ragging about', a phrase which implied sexual attentions at that period, but he would now reform his ways. With this, because he was desperate to believe in the boy's virtue, Graves had to be content.
土鳖没看懂a few weeks后那封Dick的信到底在讲什么
ragging about, referring to a person who is going to a extreme action or exaggeration over something small。。。我觉得就是说，迪克自己承认被情欲所蛊惑，但决定改正。。。