One day she made bold to go up to him and said: "Excuse me, I
am Ethel Mary, a student of this college. I have read your articles on Indian art and
culture and want to learn more. I have introduced myself hoping to learn from you. If it
is no trouble to you, could you help me?"
Ananda Coomaraswamy looked up from the book he was reading and said: 'we cannot talk in
the library. Let us go out." They sat under a tree near the library and talked.
He was pleased to have a friend in England who shared his interests. They met everyday
and discussed their views on Indian art and culture.
Their friendship continued and deepened. Ethel Mary expressed a wish to meet his
mother. One day he took her home. Ethel Mary was a beautiful girl and had good taste.
Ananda Coomaraswamy wanted to marry her.
He expressed his desire to his mother and she gave her consent. In his twenty-fourth
year Ananda Coomaraswamy married Ethel Mary.