Author: Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh
Dates: 28 October 1903 – 10 April 1966
Title of Book: Decline and Fall
Little suspecting the incalculable consequences that the evening was to have for him, he bicycled happily back from a meeting of the League of Nations Union. There had been a most interesting paper about plebiscites in Poland. He thought of smoking a pipe and reading another chapter of the Forsyte Saga before going to bed. He knocked at the gate, was admitted, put away his bicycle, and diffidently, as always, made his way across the quad to his rooms. Paul had no particular objection to drunkenness – he had read a rather daring paper to the Thomas More Society on the subject – but he was consumedly shy of drunkards.
Out of the night Lumsden of Strathdrummond swayed across his path like a…
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