Having a Bath

“There was a time she told me about when they were staying with the Herns at West Wittering and everyone was getting ready for dinner and Dessie was having a bath and Moll was standing at the mirror chattering away. ‘I was completely nude, duckie, and I said to Dessie, “Don’t just lie there, say something,” and Dick Hern who was actually lying in the bath said, “Well, the thing is, Moll, I don’t quite know what to say.” ‘ ”

– Candida Lycett Green speaking at the memorial service of Molly Baring, April 14, 1998, quoted in Well-Remembered Friends: Eulogies on Celebrated Lives (2004), edited by Angela Huth, with thanks to Lee and Nick Baker.

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