Post by jane on Sept 13, 2017 15:37:06 GMT -5
First day back at work today, but I will spend more time here now when I have got acclimatised to work after the long summer break. I like the USA perspective. I didn't know your beer was our lager!
I apologize for the delay in replying, but if you've been checking the site, you know that Hurricane Irma came through Florida (where I live). Instead of listening to my neighbors who said the hurricane was going toward the west, I listened to the weather reports, evacuated, drove across the state to stay with friends and when I got there, the hurricane turned west and they were told to evacuate and we ended up staying in a shelter.
Getting back to Borley .... Both the mother and grandmother of the lady who showed us around knew Marianne Foyster personally. Her mother was a child then, about the same age as Adelaide Foyster, because she said that her mother and Adelaide played together. I think that her grandmother was around the same age as Mrs. Foyster and didn't think highly of her. Borley is a small, isolated village today and it was even more isolated back then and apparently, Marianne was a gregarious woman and starved for company. One of the major complaints about her was that any time people went to see the vicar, or tried to talk with him at church or anywhere else, his wife was there interrupting and talking about other things. Also, it was said that some men in the village and surrounding area claimed that she was too friendly, that is to say, flirtatious, and made them feel uncomfortable. I got the impression that people in Borley thought that Marianne exaggerated the hauntings and invented a lot of what supposedly happened at the rectory simply because she was bored and wanted attention.
Some of the others who went on the trip probably remember more of what was said, but I got the impression that one of the things that most upset the people of Borley -- other than Mrs. Foyster's extramarital affairs -- was that after the Foysters left Borley, people were told that Adelaide was away at school, but they were never provided the name of the school and no one in Borley ever heard from Adelaide again. Some time later, someone writing a book claimed that he or she had located her through her family in Canada, but not everyone believed that Adelaide had been found. People suspected that as Adelaide got older, she and Marianne had problems and that the Foysters may have passed her along to another family, or put her in an orphanage, but I don't think that there is any proof that either happened. Apparently, Foyster had lost what money he had in Canada and had to depend on what he earned and once he retired, they might not have been able to afford the children, even though by that time, they were living with the man that Marianne supposedly married.
I've read some of the Borley Rectory books and there are a lot of theories, but I don't think anyone has ever been able to explain the Foysters. They were an odd couple and it seems that Lionel had no problem with his wife's infidelities or even that she married another man, who was also married, which made both of them guilty of bigamy. Foyster's actions definitely weren't what you would expect from a vicar.