Photograph 1999 by David Blackmore
In August 1837 Blackmore transferred to the prestigious school of Peter Blundell in Tiverton in Devon.
At the very end of Lorna Doone, the narrator-hero John Ridd tells us that he adopted the son of his fiercest enemy, Carver Doone, who perished at last, like any good villian of melodrama, in quicksand: "I sent little Ensie to Blundell's school, at my own cost and charges, having changed his name, for fear of what anyone might do to him. I called him Ensie Jones; and we got him a commission, and after many scrapes of spirit, he did great things in the Low Countries" (686).
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