"Tuesday 9. a.m.
I got this on coming home last night—have just run thro’ it this morning, and send it that time may not be lost. Faults, faults,—but I don’t know how I have got tired of this– The Tragedies will be better, at least the second–
At 3. this day! Bless you–RB"
Miss Barrett sends back 'part one' the same day:
Am I not to thank you for all my pleasure & pride in these poems?—while you stand by & try to talk them down, perhaps–
Tell me how your mother is—tell me how you are … you who never were to be told twice about walking. Gone the way of all promises, is that promise?
Ever yours EBB"
Well, she likes the poems even as she bravely offers suggestions--to make them and Browning more manageable for the general reader. Sacrificing genius for market share? Don't be so cynical!
Yes, Ms. Neville-Sington, Mrs. Browning would have praised "The Ring and The Book", even as she found the subject of murder distasteful.