H. E. Bates was born 16 May 1905 and died 29 January 1974.
Notice the English attitude to weather. After three week of unbroken sun we cry out for rain, and the relief in the air is immense when it comes. Give us three weeks of snow, a rare occurrence with us, and we are depressed for the sight of grass. Give us rain, after a drought and in three days we are crying out for sun again.
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