Memorials of Edward Burne-Jones.
This story is by Richard Watson Dixon (1833-1900), who had been the first to suggest the idea of
a magazine. Dixon attended
King Edward’s School with Burne-Jones, and entered Oxford the same year as
him and Morris. He was also a poet, though he did not publish any verse
The Oxford and Cambridge
Dixon’s narrative is more conventional than the other tales in the January
issue of the Magazine. There is nothing unusual about the narrator’s love for his
friend’s betrothed, the father’s hesitancy regarding his daughter’s marriage, or the vision of the ghost-ship that
prophecies Margaret’s death. But this
conventionality is one of the strengths of the story, and Dixon weaves
these familiar tropes into a compelling narrative.
Dixon read this story to the rest of the brotherhood in 1855, to apparently
bland reviews (Memorials 125).
First printed in The Oxford and Cambridge Magazine, January, 1856.