Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mrs. Lola Roberts]
Mrs. Ramsey wrote to her mother daily, and the letter reciprocated, but never set foot in her daughter's home. However, Mr. Ramsey permitted his wife to visit her mother occasionally - sometimes in the South, sometimes in New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Helen adored her grandmother, and was adored by her, but they never saw very much of one another, because the visits were always short. Besides, Mrs. Ramsey did not like to travel by train - it made her nervous - and she was not permitted to take long trips in her automobile: both her husband and her doctor forbade it. Helen attended the public schools, and wanted to go to college, or finishing school, but, “I couldn't bear for her to be away from me,” said Mrs. Ramsey. She wanted to get a job, too, but could not, for the same reason.
Alice was born in 1913, about a year after Mrs. Ramsey's mother died, and by that time Mr. Ramsey's business had declined alarmingly. He had squeezed through the financial