Further meetings ensued, but when
Gaudier suggested Sophie come to live in the Tigers’
house’ in Runcton, Katherine demurred. When Sophie opened up to Katherine the
sordid truth of her mental strife, she recoiled.
Gaudier visited the cottage and
heard Katherine speaking her mind about
Sophie through an open window. He left unseen, a bitter enemy.
Gaudier wrote to Murry
denouncing the Tigers and all they stood for. He visited the offices of
demanding payment for a contribution and later, in a ceremony of brick-throwing,
he and Horace Brodzky smashed a plaster cast of Murry’s godlike head.
“My dear Murry,
I was confirmed
into my thought of the wickedness of Katherine Mansfield by a conversation I
overheard when at Runcton. It was about my poor Zosik [Sophie] … I loved you
innerly and still sympathise with you as a poor boy, chased by the Furies, but I
must reproach you your lack of courage, discrimination and honour…”
The impossible, idealistic
Gaudier-Brzeska died in the
Neuville St. Vaast
1915. He was