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Son of Enoch

Enoch Soames, Max Beerbohm's classic 1912 story, has a sequel. Enoch had a son, Methuselah, who was waiting for him in the British Museum on 3rd June 1997

You must have been up at Cambridge with Methuselah Soames,” people say to me, even in the depths of the P?rigord. They are often retired professionals with very nice intentions and, in not a few cases, dark blue Volvos. If I am in a yielding mood, I own the soft impeachment: I may have been (all right, I was) at the same college as Methuselah, but he always moved in a different, more exalted, Apostolic world than I. True, for one bright season we trod the West End boards together in a wickedly impertinent undergraduate revue. But even then, he…

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