Since there are quite a few new people writing for the Forum, I would like to bring up this important woman in AC's life again, with a fresh start.- For me, I find their relationship to be the defining one in his life. It is a key, in many ways, to all that happened afterwards. Am I alone in thinking this?
No, certainly not.
No, you're not alone. I made almost exactly the same observation in my talk at Treadwells recently on 'Crowley's Egypt'.
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I wonder if she called him Alex(ander), or Aleister?- His spontaneity, & apparent 'recklessness'; along with his Charm, Brains, Looks (for he was "handsome" as a young man, as contemporaries pointed out), & no doubt - his access to ready Money - all combined to endear him to her; & on such short notice !(& contrary to her parent's wishes). For him;- he leapt into that legally binding bond with a woman with whom, he may have been attracted to, but did not know.- Her brother, sure; but he seems to have made the "leap" based on an inner 'Code of Honour', more than anything. Chivalric; like a Templar; & in opposition to the code of proper conduct, as followed by most of the upper class in the Victorian Age, & those directly preceeding it.
He then fell "head over heels" into Love with Rose. He does not seem, from his own account, to have expected this to happen. She became his "one & only", & he went out of his way to 'show off' his qualities to her. To me, I feel that this was the one woman (not even termed "Scarlet" at that point, in the way it would be used later), whom he never let go from his heart. - It sounds like a 'Love Story', because it is. Albeit, an unusual & sad one (as they often are)...