At the beginning of the October , immediately following Evelyn's champagne summer, he began a story with the sentence: 'John Verney married Elizabeth in , but it was not until the winter of that he came to hate her steadily and fiercely. One only has to change a single letter in 'Evelyn' to be able to rearrange them into the name 'Verney'. True, Evelyn married Laura in rather than , and I'm certain his feelings towards his wife included warm ones. But let's stick with the set-up of 'Tactical Exercise'.
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It begins pleasantly enough, and ends up giving me something to get stuck into. Which is how I like it. Dear Duncan, Chanced upon your remarkable web pages on Evelyn Waugh after a search about John Betjeman whose poems I was looking at reminded me that it was he with the teddy bear at Oxford who gave the model for Aloysius. I had no idea until I read this up how attached he was to the bear, in later life he wrote a book for children featuring said bear.
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These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. We are thankful for their contributions and encourage you to make your own. Sir Ambrose enjoys stroking his ego a bit too much. If one would ask him about his primary occupation, he would have probably failed to give an answer, for, according to him, he is responsible for the whole British community in Hollywood. Readers would hardly argue about the fact that it is a rather vague description.
Waugh found the cemetery dripping with saccharine sentimentality , edged with macabre memorials , and repellent with cuteness. He found vulgar euphemisms marketed and crafted by entrepreneurial racketeers. He found, in the end, wonderful material for a story to satirize the bizarre American funeral-home industry.