While living in Rye, Rumer Godden and her husband lived in Lamb House, a historical house that had been associated with many famous writers including Henry James. Although there were two guides to give tours, occasionally she had to help out. She writes:
It could be amusing. “Is it true that Rumer Godden lives here?” one lady asked me, and when I said “Yes,”
“Do you see much of her?”
“Far too much,” I answered truthfully.
“Oh!” she was taken aback. “Is she . . . temperamental?” She was too polite to say, “Horrid.”
~from A House with Four Rooms