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larger part of the action turns: Ambrose Silk, Basil Seal, his sister, Barbara, and his mistress, Angela Lyne. War has been declared and the the privileged Upper Classes, already feeling the pinch, must now draw in their horns even further, and lay off their domestic servants and reduce the number of butlers, footmen and gardeners. But some of their more enterprising staff have already seen their opportunity war presents, and Barbara Seal’s maids at Malfrey display plenty of get-up-and-go, “Edith and Olive and me have talked it over and we want to go and make aeroplanes”.

Access-restricted-item true Addeddate 2022-03-30 09:07:48 Bookplateleaf 0010 Boxid IA40415402 Camera USB PTP Class Camera Collection_set printdisabled External-identifier Dedicated to Randolph Churchill, who found a service commission for Waugh during the Second World War, the story is set in the first year of the war. Ambrose writes about his lost love for Hans, a German brown shirt youth in Mr Bentleys new magazine The Ivory Tower. Basil persuades Ambrose to change his memoir, making it more pro-German. He then reports him to the War Office as a Nazi sympathiser.So, amidst all the absurdity and tomfoolery in the rest of the novel, Waugh displays a mature touch as a writer in creating characters who change in time, who are not two-dimensional or vehicles for fun. Another example is Alastair Digby-Vaine Trumpington. He first appeared in the very opening scene of Decline and Fall, a Hooray Henry at Oxford, and he has lived a very conventional upper-class life ever since. Very rich, slightly naive, yet maintaining a ‘schoolboy’ sense of honour:

Every forecast model we build in F1F9 has a Time sheet: a worksheet dedicated to important dates e.g. when the model starts, when the model ends, when the project starts , when the project ends, when the project moves from one phase to another. The Time sheet is a foundation sheet: bringing together core information that answer s the question “when do things happen?”. Financial models that rely on a timeline but with no dedicated Time sheet will be difficult to review. It would be a terrible eight weeks for them, isolated by a massive snowfall, at the end of which they rush to freedom – so does the paying guest they had had and the two maids, as did everyone else in the path of these commando children – and he wants to talk with the sister of the enemy, but it is Basil who says to him ‘you do not want these poor little ones to be killed in an air raid’, only to get what sounds like a mirthful, if dark answer – ‘there is nothing I would love more’- followed by an arrangement proposed by the Machiavelli of the countryside, who suggest that poor families would look at a sum of money and accept the atrocious guests, if the overwhelmed, destroyed host would like that…there are 30 pounds in this transaction and this devilish character continues with his enterprise, during which he has an affair with a woman who had just been married (!), before her husband would join some military unit…


The protagonist in this instance is Basil Seal who, in the language of his day would be labeled a rascal and a bounder, or a cad and a scoundrel, someone who, despite his mischief and misdemeanors, is a likeable fellow overall. The time period is the early days of World War II, and Basil is consumed with two driving ambitions: making money and becoming a war hero. Chapter II. Basil goes to stay with his sister at Malfrey, where three delinquent evacuee children are forced onto them. Basil pretends to be a billeting officer and dumps the children onto a retired couple in their beautiful old home. When a few days later they are at their wits end, Basil charges the couple money to take the children elsewhere. Basil is frivolous, mischievous and incorrigible. His antics are also indulged and even grudgingly admired by his closest friends and connections.

Like in all of Waugh’s novels, we get a perfect glimpse into the decayed social structure of the pseudo-intellectuals (i.e., Marxists) in Britain. The novel is not necessarily happy, few of Waugh’s are, but its wit is razor sharp. For reasons one can’t fathom, Basil is often in the company of the avant-garde Marxists. He tells one surrealist painter who is frightened by the war, “You know I should have thought an air raid was just the thing for a surrealiste; it ought to give you plenty of compositions--limbs and things lying about in odd places you know” (Waugh 32). Cedric Lyne goes to see his estranged wife before his departure for Norway. Basil plans to reveal Poppet and Ambrose as communist sympathisers. Cedric is met by a shambolic embarkation of troops at the port.

In 1928 he married Evelyn Gardiner. She proved unfaithful, and the marriage ended in divorce in 1930. Waugh would derive parts of “A Handful of Dust” from this unhappy time. His second marriage to Audrey Herbert lasted the rest of his life and begat seven children. It was during this time that he converted to Catholicism. urn:lcp:putoutmoreflags0000waug_n3x5:epub:ce8a7dd9-b5ef-42d3-9ce6-5c65e943bea8 Foldoutcount 0 Identifier putoutmoreflags0000waug_n3x5 Identifier-ark ark:/13960/s2q6wj24336 Invoice 1652 Isbn 9780241261699 For him there was no ‘they’. England was at war; he, Alastair Trumpington was at war. It was not the business of any politician to tell him when or how he should fight. But he could not put this into words

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