Damp

Waugh by Lamb

In Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars (1980), author Paul Fussell tells us that although Evelyn Waugh had a charming persona in his travel books, speaking with the voice of a patient and amused traveler, he was actually quite a rude and nasty individual. Fussell quotes one of Waugh’s diary entries, writing about guests at a dinner party, “Charles Drage with his wife. She is an albino with a mind like a damp biscuit.”

I read elsewhere that Charles Drage was a delightful character and a fine writer; I’ve ordered one of his books, and believe I’ll be grateful to Waugh, shown above in a portrait by Henry Lamb, for the referral.

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