final three months of Katherine's brief and vivid life are
inextricably linked with George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff the
controversial Greco-Armenian savant and 'Teacher of Dancing'.
the zenith of her fame, but irremediably stricken by pulmonary
tuberculosis, she took refuge in his Institute for the
Harmonious Development of Man at Fontainebleau-Avon. "G. was
very good to her", recalls the philosopher Piotr Ouspensky.
"He did not insist on her going although it was clear she
could not live. For this in the course of time he received the
due amount of lies and slander."
such slander requires no special rebuttal. It is amply
challenged by the positive account of Katherine's experience,
volunteered in her last letters to Middleton Murry. And he, on
arriving at the Institute a day before Katherine died, found
her: "a being transformed by love, absolutely secure in