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In Geneva, English tourists spied on Byron across the lake through hired telescopes

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In Geneva, English tourists spied on Byron across the lake through hired telescopes. Conversely, encountering Byron on the rooftop of St Peter’s in Rome, Lady Liddell gave instructions to her daughter to avert her eyes: “Don’t look at him, he is dangerous to look at.” The ordeal of what he called his “ostracism” confirmed Byron in his hatred of the English. Only in England, he argued, did pre-eminence so inevitably and cruelly give way to “envy, jealousy, and all uncharitableness”. His sentiments were echoed by Macaulay in an 1831 essay on Byron: “We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodic fits of morality.”

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